A treaty to end the most devastating fighting in Europe since World War Two
is signed in Europe.
Roanoke's School Board says former superintendent Frank Tota has not yet
earned this year's consulting fee and it won't pay up.
And Billy Graham is injured in New York.
A change in the weather will bring warmer temperatures around for part of
the weekend, but the warmth will be short-lived. Stay tuned for the complete
forecast from the News 7 weather center.
Stick around. The news is next.
In Paris today, the three Balkan leaders signed a peace treaty, raising
hopes that the former Yugoslavia will experience its first peaceful Christmas
It also triggers the deployment of 60-thousand NATO peacekeeping troops.
Bill Plante is with the President in Paris.
SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; 1:02
OUT Q=CBS News Paris.
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Like the signing ceremony of the Dayton peace agreement, the Paris signing
was seen on Bosnian Television.
In Tuzla, reaction was mixed.
Some were optimistic but wary after three- and- a- half years of fighting.
SUPER=03-Sanski Most, Bosnia;
Meantime as the warring sides inked their signatures, soldiers waited in
trenches throughout snow- covered Bosnian frontlines.
War-weary Bosnian Serb soldiers still remain on guard for possible
For 35 thousand dollars a year, the Roanoke School Board thinks former
Superintendent Frank Tota can do a little better.
That's what the Board pays Tota to prepare a report on funding for the
city's magnet schools.
Tota submitted a report that was initially rejected because it was hand
Now the school board wants more facts.
IN Q=At this point
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: AT THIS POINT THE BOARD HAS
SENT THE FORMER SUPERINTENDENT A REQUEST FOR MORE INFORMATION TO BRING THE
REPORT TO A STANDARD THAT SATISFIES THE BOARD'S EXPECTATIONS THAT THE TASK WILL
BE FULFILLED. WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT WHETHER HE WISHES TO
SUPPLY THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke School Board Chairman;
OUT Q=information or not.
Tota has a seven year early retirement agreement.
Under the contract, he works as a consultant to the School Board for 20 days
out of the year and is paid 35- thousand dollars.
The board has offered to pay Tota one third of his fee for the work already
Board members are now waiting for Tota's reply.
Four more people have joined the list of those admitting a role in a huge
indoor marijuana- growing operation in the Roanoke Valley.
THREE of them pled guilty to conspiracy this morning in federal court.
A fourth person admitted only to simple possession of pot.
Victor Layman, the man with the technical expertise in cultivating plants,
was there today, but was NOT among those entering a guilty plea.
The U-S Attorneys office continues to negotiate with Layman and his wife
Dayna toward a plea agreement.
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Jury deliberations have begun in the re-trial of a Martinsville man accused
of trying to kill his former girlfriend's father.
For Michael Draper this is the second trial for the same crime.
In July the jury was split-- and the judge was forced to declare a mistrial.
Police say Draper shot at his girlfriend's father Roy Harriston in the
Summer of 19-93.
Harriston was supposed to testify a few months later against Draper.
SUPER=04-October 22, 1993;
But, just days before the trial, a pipe-bomb exploded in the Sara Lee Knit
products parking lot where Harriston worked.
Harriston wasn't injured, but shrapnel from the bomb severely injured his
friend James Harris.
Despite a chase with speeds sometimes topping 100 miles per hour, at least
one man found he couldn't escape police in Pittsylvania County overnight.
One suspect was arrested after a vehicle being pursued by state and local
police crashed near the intersection of Routes 40 and 6-40.
A sheriff's official says the vehicle was stolen from Washington D-C.
Authorities say two other people jumped from the car shortly before it
Sheriff's officials brought in tracking dogs and are are still searching for
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Up next, big water problems for a small town in Southwest Virginia,
and the big weather problems continue out west.
That "sinking" feeling hits yet another homeowner in San Francisco.
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Broken water mains continue to cause trouble for people in Narrows.
The town is asking residents to conserve water for a second day, as crews
work to fix the problem.
They repaired one broken main last night, and then a second one snapped.
Water in the town's storage tanks dropped to dangerously low levels, so
residents have been asked to limit water use as much as they can.
And officials have taken other steps in case of an emergency.
IN Q=All the fire departments
((W.H. CLEMONS/NARROWS POLICE CHIEF: ALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND RESCUE SQUADS
IN GILES COUNTY HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE SITUATION AND IF THERE IS A FIRE OR
ANYTHING IN TOWN ALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN GILES COUNTY WILL RESPOND. ))
SUPER=01-W. H. Clemons/Narrows Police Chief;
OUT Q=will respond.
No word yet on how long it will take to get things back to normal.
And while a small section of Giles County is without water today, out West
more than a quarter of million homes are without power from a vicious Pacific
Some residents in Washington, Oregon and Northern California have been
without electricity since Tuesday and utility companies say power may not be
restored until tomorrow.
Meantime workers in San Francisco are working against the elements to save
a house from a gaping sinkhole, at least, for a little while anyway.
They are shoring up this mansion in the exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood.
They hope dirt and gravel being placed under the home will keep the
house secure long enough for the owners to go in and collect some valuables.
The sinkhole has already devoured one high price home.
A nasty fall will keep Billy Graham in New York City for a few extra days.
The evangelist broke a rib and bruised his shoulder falling in the shower
of his hotel room.
Doctors say the fall was not directly related to Graham's Parkinson's
disease, but his younger brother Melvin says the 77- year- old minister's
physical condition has been deteriorating.
There's a major breakthrough in the treatment for strokes.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
500-thousand Americans suffer strokes each year.
Of those, 150-thousand die and many are disabled for life.
Researches say a clot dissovling drug called T-P-A can help stroke patients
recover with little or no lasting effects.
IN Q=We know now stroke
((WE KNOW KNOW THAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY LIKE CARDIAC ARREST AND REQUIRES
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Byden/UCSD Stroke Center;
OUT Q= immediate response.
T-P-A is already used to treat heart attacks.
Lots of people stash away some of the money they earn in 401-K pensions, but
a federal inquiry has raised questions about the safety of the plans.
Experts say most of the funds are on the up and up, but if there is foul
play, how can you find out?
Len Besthoff has some tips.
IN Q=A 401-k
SUPER=01-Rachel Noel/401K Participant;:08
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons;:39
SUPER=01-Tyler Pugh/Wheat First Butcher Singer;:58
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A 401-k is a popular way to save for your retirement.
It's a tax-deferred account built up through payroll deductions.
IN Q=With the
((RACHEL NOEL/401K PARTICIPANT: WITH THE 401-K IT HAS HELPED ME TO PUT ASIDE
MONEY, THAT I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DO IN A REGULAR SAVINGS ACCOUNT.))
OUT Q=savings account.
But financial advisors say it's important to make sure your employer is
handling your savings properly.
They say be curious...ask questions, talk to fellow employees about it.
Study your check stub...see how much money is taken out, and trace it to
your quarterly 401-k statement.
Call the firm that's handling your funds, if you don't want your employer to
know your checking up on your account.
And when you call, ask for your balance.
IN Q=You're putting
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: YOU'RE PUTTING YOUR OWN MONEY IN
THE PLAN, SO ABSOLUTELY, BE INVOLVED, KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY'S GOING AND HOW
OUT Q=it's performing.
Financial advisors have some warning signs to look for if you suspect fraud.
Make sure you're getting quarterly statements and materials from the
investment firm holding onto your money...if not, ask questions.
IN Q=If your
((TYLER PUGH/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: IF YOUR FUNDS ARE INVESTED IN A
PUBLICLY HELD MUTUAL FUND YOU SHOULD RECEIVE PROSPECTUS AND INFORMATION ABOUT
THE WAY THESE FUNDS ARE INVESTED.))
OUT Q=are invested.
(( Experts emphasize most 401-k plans are above board, and provide a great
opportunity to build a retirement nest egg.
But they add keeping close track of them never hurts.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
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Up next -- who says there's no free room?
A Roanoke motel offers free accomodations to out-of-town hockey fans, but
there's a hitch,
and free merchandise for Christmas Shoppers?
Well, there's ANOTHER hitch.
We'll explain, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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This holiday season, some stores are trying to snow their customers.
But in a good way.
They're telling Christmas shoppers that, "If it snows, it's free."
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Paula Amrhein/Amrhein's Jewelers; :23
SUPER=01-Walt McDearmon/Amrhein's Customer; :34
SUPER=01-Jeff Mills/Schewel Furniture Co.; :51
SUPER=@Kimberly2; 1:28 QUICK!!
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 1 4:33:23
((OH. LET ME GET YOU A TOTAL THERE. THAT'S VERY PRETTY. ))
Courteous customer service, along with a bet on Old Man Winter are boosting
sales at Amrhein's Jewelers this Christmas season.
For the first time ever, the store will refund all purchases made between
November 24th and Christmas Eve-- IF Roanoke gets a four- inch snowfall New
For some customers, it's a concept too good to be true.
SOT TAPE 1 4:06:16
((PAULA AMRHEIN/AMRHEIN'S JEWELERS: SOME OF THEM ARE SNICKERING AND SOME OF
THEM ARE REALIZING THAT YES, IN FACT, IT COULD HAPPEN. SO, WE'RE JUST HOPING
THAT IT DOES HAPPEN AND THAT IT IS A REAL SUCCESS. WE'D JUST LOVE TO GIVE ALL
THE MONEY BACK TO THE CUSTOMERS. ))
SOT TAPE 1 4:28:50
((WALT MCDEARMON/AMRHEIN'S CUSTOMER: I REALLY LIKE THAT, BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT
WAS A REALLY GOOD DEAL AND I HOPE IT SNOWS. ))
Schewel's Furniture is also getting in on the winter weather gamble.
It's promising a full refund on items purchased last Sunday-- provided
Lynchburg gets the white stuff between midnight Christmas Eve and noon
SOT tape 1 5:08:35
((JEFF MILLS/SCHEWEL FURNITURE CO.: IT HAS TO SNOW WITHIN THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG
TWO- POINT- ONE INCHES. IF THAT HAPPENS BETWEEN THAT 12- HOUR PERIOD, A LOT OF
PEOPLE WOULD GET A LOT OF FREE FURNITURE.))
Both Amrhein's and Schewel's are insured in case they have to make good on
But just what are the chances for holiday snow?
We asked our own Robin Reed.
SOT TAPE 2 7:14:41
((ROBIN REED/NEWS 7 CHIEF METEREOLOGIST: AS FAR AS NEW YEAR'S GOES, WE CHECKED
BACK IN THE RECORD BOOKS ALMOST 20 YEARS-- AND ROANOKE HAS NOT HAD A FOUR INCH
SNOWFALL IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. SO, IF YOU'RE BETTING ON SNOW ON EITHER OF
THOSE DAYS, IN EITHER OF THOSE CITIES, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. ))
But for now, many consumers are dreaming of a white Christmas.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
And here's another business that's taking a gamble --
The Days Inn Civic Center is offering free rooms to
out of town hockey fans this weekend.
It's a bold business gesture--
Inn officials are so confident the Roanoke Express will beat the Richmond
Renegades Saturday night-- that they'll let Richmond fans spend the night for
The catch is, Richmond has to score eight goals and win the game.
IN Q=We're a confident
((MICHAEL WARE/DAYS INN CIVIC CENTER: WE'RE A CONFIDENT TEAM AND THE GOAL
TENDERS AREN'T GOING TO LET UP. BUT WE JUST SAID WE'RE NOT GOING TO INSURE IT,
WE FIGURE THAT WAY, IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE AND WE DO LOSE AND WE HAVE TO GIVE
THE ROOMS UP-- ODDS ARE, IF THEY PLAY FOUR OR FIVE MORE TIMES AT HOME-- WE'LL
GET THEM TO COME BACK. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Ware/Days Inn Civic Center;
OUT Q=TO COME BACK
To qualify for the free rooms-- Richmond fans must make reservations at the
36- dollar East Coast Hockey League rate.
The latest figures show on the retail level inflation has come to a
standstill in the U-S.
A report out this morning says the consumer price index did not go up at all
That's the first time that's happened in four-and-a-half years.
Lower food and energy prices played a role in that.
Today's report eased fears on Wall Street.
At Noon the Dow was DOWN a point.
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Stick around for highlights of last night's Friday Football Extra Banquet,
and it looks like coaches and players weren't the only ones scoring honors.
Our own Mike Stevens even got into the act.
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Your hometown station -- WDBJ-7 -- hosted its 12th annual Friday Football
Extra awards banquet last night at the Airport Marriott in Roanoke.
Mike Stevens takes a look at this season's winners.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/FFE Awards Banquet; :00
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/FFE Group AAA Coach of the Year; :27
SUPER=01-Mike Scharnus/FFE Group AA Coach of the Year; :39
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/FFE Group A Coach of the Year; :49
SUPER=01-Kevin Saunders/FFE Overall Coach of the Year; :57
SUPER=01-Brandon Steele/WDBJ-Stop In Scholar Athlete; 1:26
SUPER=01-Michael White/WDBJ-Leggett Scholar Athlete; 1:38
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( 163 folks filled the ballroom for a night of fun and surprises.
Our 13 players of the week each picked up their just rewards for the 1995
season, before the coaches in attendance had to sweat out their awards.
Each year Friday Football Extra's coaches vote for a top field boss in each
Group and pick an overall coach of the year.
This year's winners featured a old familiar face and three new kids on the
((BO HENSON/FFE GROUP AAA COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((MIKE SCHARNUS/FFE GROUP AA COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((STEVE ISAACS/FFE GROUP A COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((KEVIN SAUNDERS/FFE OVERALL COACH OF THE YEAR:))
With the help of Leggett and Stop-In, WDBJ also presented two $2000
scholarships to this year's top scholar athletes, Giles Brandon Steele and Fort
Chiswell Michael White - two all-district stars with four point oh grade point
((BRANDON STEELE/WDBJ-STOP IN SCHOLAR ATHLETE:))
((MICHAEL WHITE/WDBJ-LEGGETT SCHOLAR ATHLETE:))
Three players of the week also got some good news after the banquet as
Pulaski Shayne Graham and E.C. Glass quarterback Andre Kendrick were named
first team all-state by the associated press.
Glass running back Chris Matthews was a second team selection.
Mike Stevens news 7 sports.))
Mike was a recipient of an honor himself last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
W-D-B-J Vice President Jim Shaver presented Mike with a jacket with our
call letters embroidered on the front.
It's in appreciation for Mike's outstanding dedication to local sports
The best part was that his wife Sharon and two of Santa's helpers presented
him with the early Christmas present.
IN Q="We wanted
((JIM SHAVER/WDBJ-7 VICE PRES.: WE WANTED IT PRESENTED BY HIS TWO CHILDREN
BRITTANY AND BRIAN. THEY WAITED VERY PATIENTLY FOR NEARLY AN HOUR TO SURPRISE
THEIR DAD, AND AS YOU SAW HE WAS SURPRISED. I'VE NEVER HEARD MIKE STEVENS SPEAK
SO LONG AND SAY SO LITTLE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Shaver/WDBJ-7 Vice Pres.; :00
OUT Q=...say so little"
While Mike had little to say; his peers were hardly at a loss for words.
IN Q="One of
((ONE OF THE THINGS I WILL ALWAYS BE MOST PROUD OF IN MY CAREER AS A
BROADCASTER IS THAT I HIRED MIKE STEVENS FOR WDBJ-7. WHEN YOU WANT TO TALK
ABOUT THE HILLS AND STREETS OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA, MIKE STEVENS IS
THE ONE TO GO TO WHEN YOU WANT TO FIND COVERAGE. HE REALLY BELIEVES IN IT. MIKE
STEVENS IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF STAUNTON SINCE THE STATLER BROTHERS.))
OUT Q=....statler brothers"
Congratulations to Mike.
And finally --
For those who never have enough time in the day, now comes word that the
government is adding one second to the end of 19-95.
Because the Earth can speed up or slow down at times, the government has to
add one second every few years to keep atomic clocks exactly in sync with the
This will be the 20th time since the
process began in 19-72 that a leap second has been added.
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.