NATO authorizes the deployment of hundreds of troops to Bosnia.
A toddler who died in a house fire may be the victim of arson.
And tennis star Pete Sampras collapses at the Davis Cup Finals.
It feels more like September first then December first, how long will the
mild breezy conditions last? I'll have the answer coming up in weather.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
NATO today officially approved deployment of the first round of
peacekeeping troops to Bosnia.
The units, including 700 Americans, could arrive as early as this weekend.
The troops are now in Germany and will receive a visit tomorrow from
Today the President continued his campaign for peace in Ireland with a stop
Bill Plante reports.
SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; 1:27
OUT Q=Bill Plante, CBS News, Dulbin.
Police investigators say a confrontation between two teenagers in
Martinsville turned deadly last night.
18-year old Corey Lavon Hairston is charged with fatally shooting 19-year
old Douglas Holland Junior.
Authorities believe the pair were arguing- in the parking lot of a
conveinence store on Fayette Street when the shooting happened.
IN Q=during the altercation
((INV. G.C DOVE/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: DURING ALTERCATION, THERE WAS ONE GUN SHOT
FIRED, STRIKING THE VICTIM IN THE CHEST. ))
SUPER=01-Inv. G.C. Dove/Martinsville Police;
OUT Q=in the chest
Rescue workers treated Holland at the scene before taking him to the hospital
where he was later pronounced dead.
Investigators in Henry County say the fire that killed a little boy
yesterday afternoon is "suspicious."
The fire broke out around three in the afternoon at a house on Bittersweet
Drive in the Sanville area. One year old Ethan Cole Kirkman died in the fire.
Investigators say someone may have started the blaze in a lower bedroom.
IN Q=the area
((SGT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IN THE AREA WHERE IT OCCURED,
SIGNS THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND THE FIRE MARSHALLS HAVE SEEN FROM
BEING INSIDE LEAD US TO BELIEVE THERE ARE THINGS OUT OF THE ORINARY AND
SUSPICIOUS - NOT THE NORM FOR THIS TYPE OF STRUCTURE.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=type of structure.
The child's parents Colvin and Wanda Kirkman and his grandmother were all
outside the house when the fire started.
They tried unsuccessfully to rescue the toddler.
All three adults were taken to Martinsville hospital where they were treated
and released for smoke inhalation.
She is known as the mother of the civil rights movement and today she
returns to Alabama to mark an anniversary.
SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL/Dec. 1, 1955;
It was 40 years ago today Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a
Parks was arrested and convicted, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott.
Her case inspired a wave of protests that helped bring down segregation
laws across the South.
A ceremony is planned for today at the site of her arrest.
Today is world AIDS Day-- and the government is out with new AIDS
The hip, fast-paced spots are designed to reach young adults.
IN Q=If I'm going
((IF I'M GOING TO HAVE SEX IT'S GOING TO BE PROTECTED. IF YOU HAVE A CONDOM
AND PARTNER DOESN'T, SAY HERE, PUT THIS ON. RESPECT YOURSELF, PROTECT
SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement;
OUT Q=protect yourself.
Also being launched today, a medicaid pilot program to encourage AIDS tests
in pregnant woman.
Officials are hoping to spread the message that the drug A-Z-T
reduces the risk of spreading AIDS to unborn babies.
Tonight vigils are being held throughout our region. Tonight on NEWS-7 at
Five and Six, Health Check's Connie Stevens will have live reports on World
An audit due in two weeks could uncover more problems with the finances of
the Salem Rescue Squad.
City Council hired an independent accounting firm to review squad records
dating back three years.
City Manager Randy Smith says the report may raise questions about a number
of financial transactions, but says it's too early to tell if the audit will
lead to another criminal investigation.
IN Q=This like a lot
((RANDY SMITH/SALEM CITY MANAGER: THIS, LIKE A LOT OF OTHER MATTERS THAT HAVE
BEEN HANGING FIRE, FOR SO LONG A TIME, NEED TO BE PUT TO REST AND I THINK WE'RE
GETTING CLOSE TO DOING THAT WITH THIS ONE.))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Salem City Manager;
OUT Q=doing that with this one.
Two former officials of the Salem squad have been convicted of taking squad
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Still ahead---job security for college professors. The debate over how
tenure should be awarded.
and we'll update you on Tai Collins' new career choice. Stay with us.
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It's the ultimate in job security for college professors, Tenure.
But it's under the legislative microscope in Richmond.
A commission on the future of higher education wants college professors with
tenure to undergo further reviews, even though they have open-ended contracts.
Speakers at the American Association of University Professors conference say
they need to make changes to tenure, and to public opinion.
IN Q=But we're under
((DAVID HAGER/ODU PRESIDENT: BUT WE'RE UNDER ATTACK, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT WELL
UNDERSTOOD. AND WE NEED TO EDUCATE. WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE DO. WE NEED TO
((DEL. PANNY RHODES/R-RICHMOND: I THINK IT DEFINITELY IS A LEGISLATIVE
QUESTION... BUT THAT THE UNIVERSITIES THEMSELVES, OR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
LEARNING WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-David Hager/ODU President; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Panny Rhodes/(R) Richmond; 13
OUT Q=these issues.
University professors say the best argument for tenure is to protect free
speech and controversial opinions.
It seems a cease fire has been declared in the ongoing border war between
Carroll County and Hillsville.
A three- judge annexation court has endorsed a compromise in the land
Hillsville's boundaries will nearly double, and possibly triple if the town
exercises its option to take in two more parcels over the next 15 years.
It will also waive further annexation rights during that time and share
half the county's meals and lodging tax revenues at the Interstate 77 and U.S.
IN Q=Now is the time
SUPER=01-Billy Mitchell/Carroll Co. Administrator;:00
SUPER=01-Larry South/Hillsville Town Manager; :12
OUT Q=divisive at times.
The judges rejected opposition from a Carroll County landowner.
Lacy Bowman argued the town should annex all the way to the interstate in
order to gain the revenues to provide more public services.
Roanoke native Tai Collins is taking on a new career: television
So far she's written three "Baywatch" episodes.
The first was seen last night at a screening for Collins, her friends and
But she doesn't plan to end her writing career there.
IN Q=I'm working on
((TAI COLLINS/SCREEN WRITER: I'M WORKING ON SOME FEATURES WHICH IS WHAT I
REALLY HOPE TO GET INTO. I'M WORKING ON SOME TELEVISION THINGS FIRST AND SOME
CHILDREN'S THINGS, BUT MY BIG GOAL IS TO WRITE FEATURES.))
SUPER=01-Tai Collins/Screen Writer;
OUT Q= to write features.
Collins gained national attention when she was linked to Senator Chuck
Last night's screening was private, but Collins will make a public
appearance while she's in town. Look for her at Confeddy's downtown singing
with the local band, Key West.
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Up next---if you're heading out to do some Christmas shopping this weekend,
we'll get you in the holiday mood. With a live report from Salem, all
And students at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke love a parade---see how
they're getting ready for the big event.
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The Distributive Education students at Patrick Henry High School are gearing
up for their biggest project of the year.
Since 1979, the students have done the planning and fundraising for
Roanoke's Christmas parade.
Last year it was scheduled at night and was renamed the "Festival of Lights"
Students say they've booked 98 entries this year and most will be decked out
The parade is scheduled for tomorrow night at 6:30 in downtown Roanoke.
If it just doesn't feel like Christmas, here's something sure to jingle your
bells -- the third annual Ye Olde Salem Christmas in downtown Salem.
Special events coordinator Terri Atkins joins us from the center of where it
all takes place -- the farmer's market.
Good afternoon! The fun kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony tonight.
Tell us about that.
SUPER=01-Terri Atkins/Special Events Coordinator;
(And that's followed by the Salem Christmas Parade. What's in store this year?
And it all culminates tomorrow in Ye Olde Salem Christmas. Give us the
Thanks Terri. Ye Olde Salem Christmas is this weekend in downtown Salem.
The tree lighting and Christmas Parade kick it off at tonight at six.
(mel toss to patrick)
Workers at Masoctech in Salem have turned thumbs down at the idea of joining
the United Auto Workers union.
Yesterday the employees voted AGAINST representation by the union.
The unofficial tally: 66-to-54.
The U-A-W says workers there want better wages.
It remains optimistic about its future chances at Mascotech.
IN Q=If the
((FRANKLIN STONER/UNITED AUTO WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE: IF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
WORKING HERE NOW ARE STILL THERE IN ANOTHER YEAR, I THINK I'LL BE BACK, BECAUSE
I THINK WHAT THEY'RE GONNA DO IS GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE, AND THE MAN'S NOT GONNA
DO NOTHIN' FOR THEM.))
SUPER=01-Franklin Stoner/U. A. W. Representative;
OUT Q=nothin' for them.
Mascotech and a number of other companies moved here after the Volvo-G-M
truck plant in Dublin announced a major expansion.
Mascotech supplies Volvo with engines and axles.
Yesterday's vote marks the third time the U-A-W has failed to organize a
But the U-A-W predicts once one goes union, the rest will follow.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow is up a little more than 22 points.
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Also this noon on News 7---big honors for some of the Tech Hokies---
We'll tell you who's scored big on the Big East All-Star squad.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies scored big yesterday as the Big East passed out
Five Hokies are on the first team All-star squad.
Offensive guard Chris Malone, defensive tackle JC Price, Linebacker George
DelRicco and safety William Yarborough are joined on the first team by
Defensive End Cornell Brown.
The former E.C. Glass player had 125 tackles, and 14 quarterback sacks.
Head coach Frank Beamer was named Big East coach of the year.
He led his team to a share of the conference championship with a 9-and-2
SS=HOLD BIG EAST
Six more Hokies earned spots on the second team all-Big East squad including
quarterback Jim Druckenmiller and former Glenvar linebacker Brandon Semones.
Dwayne Thomas, Billy Conaty, Jay Hagood and Torrian Gray also earned second
As for the University of Miami and the ten violations hanging over the
Hurricanes' heads - the NCAA and the University confirmed last night that a
decision has been reached and an announcement will come this afternoon.
Sources in Miami say they expect the Canes to get at least one year's
probation, and maybe two.
They also say it is extremely likely Miami will be barred from postseason
play this year.
And that should slide Tech right onto Bourbon street in New Orleans for the
Pete Sampras gave the U-S a one-nothing lead over Russia, but the number-one
ranked player may miss the rest of the Davis Cup finals.
Sampras ousted Andrei Chesnokov (CHEHS'-nuh-kawf) in five sets, but collapsed
on the final point with an apparent leg cramp.
((ANNOUNCER: HE THROWS HIS ARMS UP AND GETS CRAMPED, CRAMPS SETTLE IN AND HE
CANNOT WALK, STUMBLES AND FALLS DOWN ON HIS BACK TEAM CAPTAIN IS THERE IN A
OUT Q=IN A HURRY.
Sampras was carried off the court by his teamates and his status for the rest
of the finals is unknown.
Andre Agassi may be pressed into service if Sampras can't play.
Agassi withdrew from the finals because of a chest injury.
Many people are planning to spend the weekend searching for the perfect
Christmas tree, including NEWS-7's own Larry Dowdy. Here's his report.
IN Q=For close to...
SUPER=03-Bent Mountain; :00
SUPER=01-Conrad Jones/Christmas Tree Grower; :11
SUPER=01-Rick Payne/Mulch N' More; 1:08
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 1:18
OUT Q=Dowdy NEWS-7.
((For close to twenty-five years, Conrad Jones Christmas Tree Farm has spruced
up the holidays.
White Pines are the fastest growers, but the eight to ten foot trees take
((CONRAD JONES/CONRAD JONES CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: ANYWHERE FROM SEVEN TO TEN
YEARS TO GROW A TREE THAT TALL. YOU START WITH THE TWO YEAR OLD SEEDLING ITS IN
THE GROUND, YOUR GROUND FOR SIX YEARS, SEVEN YEARS, EIGHT YEARS.))
The Bent Mountain area has grown on tree farmers for some time, producing
ideal growing conditions.
((IT DOESN'T GET TERRIBLY HOT, BUT THERE'S A COOL GROWING SEASON ALSO AND WHITE
PINES GROW VERY WELL UP HERE.))
Keeping the tree looking as fresh at home as it did on the farm, can be
((TRIM HALF INCH OFF THE STUMP OF THE TREE. PUT IT IN THE STAND. MAKE SURE IT
STAYS COVERED WITH WATER. FROM THEN TILL THE TIME YOU TAKE IT DOWN.))
The needled giants at Conrad Jones Christmas Tree Farm run $3 a foot.
But some prefer the live tree, to later find a home in the backyard.
((RICK PAYNE/MULCH 'N MORE: BASICALLY, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO FIND IN THE VALLEY
HERE ARE SUITED FOR THE VALLEY HERE. WHITE PINE IS THE MOST POPULAR. FRASER FIR
HAS DONE FAIRLY WELL IN THE VALLEY.))
Like cut trees, care is important from the time it leaves the lot till it
gets to its new home.
((WHEN YOU PLANT THE TREE AFTER CHRISTMAS, BE CAREFUL NOT TO TAKE IT OUT OF A
SEVENTY DEGREE HOUSE. RIGHT IN TO A THIRTY DEGREE ENVIRONMENT OUTSIDE. BRING IT
OUTSIDE ON A BREEZEWAY, IN A GARAGE, OR A PORCH FOR A WEEK.))
Live trees start just under $40 for the white pines...but with proper care,
can grow on you for many many Christmas' to come. Larry Dowdy, NEWS-7.))