The search has resumed in Colombia at the crash site of an American Airlines
Two people are shot overnight in Danville.
And actor Jimmy Stewart is hospitalized in Los Angeles.
Sunny but very cold this afternoon. Temperatures will stay in the 30s. I'll
have the weekend forecast for you in a few minutes.
Stick around the news is next.
The investigation into the crash of an American Airlines is underway today
Among the questions to be answered is why the flight from Miami was 13
miles off course when it smashed into a mountain.
In the meantime, the question of how many people survived remains
As of today, the Red Cross in Cali says it can account for only four
Colombian radio has reported six survivors.
There were 164 aboard the plane.
Diana Gonzalez has more on the deadly crash.
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SUPER=03-Cali, Colombia; :00
SUPER=01-Diana Gonzalez/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=CBS News, Bogota.
At first it was believed that no one survived flight 965, but after the boeing
757 crashed into the mountainside, rescue teams frantically worked to save a
handful of passengers who were still alive.
Despite their attempts, one of the survivors, a 30-year old doctor, couldn't
The remains of flight 965, its crew and passengers are strewn acrosss the
rugged and isolated terrain in the andes mountains. The american airlines jet
departed from miami international airport wednesday evening at 6:35. it was
headed for cali colombia. But less than forty miles from the airport, it
slammed into a mountain near the city of Buga.
Despondent relatives waited at both airports.
Some gathered outside the soccer stadium in Buga.
They were told the bodies would be brought here for identification.
Colombian authorities say it will be days before all the victims can be
removed from the wreckage investigators from the national transportation safety
board and the FAA are looking into the cause of the deadliest crash in
Colombia's history. Diana Gonzalez, CBS News, Bogota.))
The White House has released the disputed Whitewater papers.
The papers are from a 19-93 Whitewater meeting between presidential lawyers.
The handwritten notes show that the White house legal team was trying to
find out developments in Whitewater investigations.
The Clinton administration agreed to turn over the notes yesterday to avert
a court showdown with congress.
Meantime, at the White House this hour talks between the President and top
Some 260-thousand Federal workers are off the job for a seventh day.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SEC.: THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO GET THE
GOVERNMENT UP AND AND HE WANTS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND WE BELIEVE WE CAN
PURSUE BOTH GOALS SIMULTANEOUSLY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Press Secretary;
OUT Q=GOALS SIMULTANEOUSLY.
Meantime, the House of Representatives passed a welfare reform bill
yesterday, but the bill faces an almost certain veto from President Clinton.
The bill would dramatically change the way welfare is handled, giving
states more control.
A vote on the measure is expected today in the Senate.
Danville police are investigating an early morning shooting.
It happened at the Express Mart on Goodyear Boulevard just before three this
Police say the gunman pulled out a pistol and shot two people.
The incident apparently stemmed from a fight.
Police say Michael Tyron Fitzgerald was shot in the foot.
A second victim-- Tammy Marie Fuller was shot in the arm.
Police say their injuries are NOT life threatening.
Authorities are interviewing witnesses.
No one's been arrested, but police do have suspects.
A Roanoke County teenager involved in a fatal, alcohol- related car
accident last week will spend the holidays with his family.
The young defendant walked from the Roanoke County Courthouse with his
parents after a judge released him on 20- thousand dollars bond.
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He has admitted drinking beer and vodka before the accident that killed 45-
year- old Bonnie Kitts last week.
His attorney argued that he be released while he awaits trial.
IN Q=He has never been before
((CHARLIE PHILLIPS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE THE COURT BEFORE.
HE HAS STRONG TIES. HIS FAMILY HAS STRONG SUPPORT AND WE'RE GOING TO GET HIM
INTO A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING. AND WE FEEL HE IS
NO THREAT TO SOCIETY OR HIMSELF AND HE CERTAINLY DESERVES BOND.))
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=certainly deserves bond.
Early next year, A judge will decide whether the 16- year- old should be
tried as an adult.
In the Roanoke County subdivision where the accident occurred and both
families live, neighbors have decorated their homes with white ribbons.
An 18- year- old was spared a life sentence yesterday.
After listening to several witnesses who appeared on Arthur Manns' behalf,
the judge decided on a lesser sentence.
Manns was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
In October he was found guilty in the shooting death of 31- year- old Vickie
Michelle Nichols in the Lincoln Terrace Housing Project.
IN Q=I do believe
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND: I DO BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY, HOWEVER I BELIEVE THAT OPPORTUNITY MUST NOT
COME ANYTIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE ))
SUPER=02-Judge Diane Strickland;
OUT Q=the near future.
In June, Manns shot Nichols twice in the back following an argument.
Manns said he was on crack at the time and doesn't remember shooting
But in a 21-page statement to police, 12-hours after the shooting, Manns
admitted to the crime.
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Still to come on News 7,
The Sheriff in Botetourt County says he welcomes an investigation into the
handling of an inmate-
and the meeting was miles away, but the subject is close to home- what to
do with a Roanoke County road.
beth in wx center
It's going to be cold all weekend, so if you have snow right now, it will
probably be there through Christmas day.
Cold winds will continue out of the Northwest and we'll have isolated snow
flurries and snow showers throughout the holiday weekend.
I'll tell you more about that in just a few minutes.
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A State Police investigation of the Botetourt County sheriff is on the desk
of Lynchburg's Commonwealth Attorney.
Reed Kelly was accused of beating a jail inmate.
Now Bill Petty must determine if charges will be filed.
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In October, Kelly received a letter from inmate Jason Joseph Jones.
In the letter, Jones described in graphic detail how he was going to kill
the sheriff, and his family.
The prisoner says Kelly beat and choked him after he read the letter.
Kelly flatly denied the charge and said the allegations are politically
He told News- 7 he's happy a non- partisan party is looking into the matter.
A dispute over a nest full of baby birds is still ruffling feathers in
A judge has thrown out a 100-thousand-dollar jury award to a
woman who says she was traumatized by the birds' death.
Ruby Campagna says her apartment manager at South Roanoke Apartment Village
knocked the nest down and stomped the birds to death.
Yesterday the judge ordered a new trial.
State highway engineers say they will do "all that is humanly possible" to
stick to the existing path of Route 221 southwest from Roanoke.
And the Commonwealth Transportation Board unanimously backed that
Ellen Qualls reports from Arlington.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jack Hodge/VDOT Chief Engineer; :18
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary; :42
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem Transportation District; 1:09
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Arlington.
(( Dangerous turns. Restricted speeds. Too many different folks all trying
to travel down the same narrow path.
It's Route 221 from Roanoke to Bent Mountain.
It might also describe the political path Virginia Department of
Transportation engineers are travelling -- perhaps over their best judgment.
((JACK HODGE/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER: OUR ENGINEER RECOMMENDED THAT WE DO A STUDY
ON THE EXISTING ROADWAY AND ON THE PURPLE LINE WHICH IS SOUTH OF THE CREEK. I
HAVE NOT CHANGED HIS RECOMMENDATION. I HAVE PRIORITIZED IT. I WANT TO DO WHAT
THE PEOPLE WANT TO DO, AND THAT'S DEVELOP IT ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD. IF IT
BECOMES INFEASIBLE ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD, WE'LL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH
TRANSPORTATION BOARD AND THE PEOPLE AND SAY WE CAN'T DO THIS.))
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((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE ARE
DIFFERENT VIEWS AMONG DIFFERENT ENGINEERS AT VDOT, THAT'S A GOOD THING, NOT A
BAD THING. IT'S JUST THAT SOME INSTANCES IT BECOMES MORE PUBLIC, IN OTHER
INSTANCES, LESS PUBLIC.))
This meeting at the posh Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington may have been
hundreds of miles away, but these board members have driven the road to Bent
But the Salem District member says the squeakiest wheels got the grease --
and that's not necessarily in the majority interest.
((LORINDA LIONBERGER/SALEM TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT: I THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC
NEEDS TO BE ON ALERT THAT WHEN PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE HELD ON ROAD PROJECTS OR ON
ANY AREAS WHERE THE CITIZENS' VIEWPOINT IS NEEDED, THAT THEY MAKE A POINT OF
MAKING THEIR VOICE AND THEIR VIEWPOINT HEARD.))
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((WHEN V-DOT ENGINEERS HAVE DEVELOPED AN EXACT ROUTE FOR 221 -- WITH A PRICE
TAG -- IT WILL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD. THAT'S
EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST A YEAR. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, ARLINGTON.))
Some familiar faces could be found at Roanoke County's swearing in ceremony
Long- time incumbents like Fred Anderson and Commonwealth's Attorney Skip
Burkart were sworn in.
Meanwhile Wayne Compton, Roanoke County's Commissioner of Revenue took his
fifth oath of office.
But there were a few new faces- like "Spike" Harrison Junior.
He'll take his seat on the Board of Supervisors next month.
IN Q=Wait a couple
((SPIKE HARRISON/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: WAIT A COUPLE YEARS. WHEN YOU HAVE 3
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, 3 MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS. YOU'LL SEE IT LIVEN UP THEN. ))
SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Roanoke Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=liven up then
For the first time, school board members were sworn in with other elected
It was also the largest swearing in ceremony in the County's history.
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Still to come on NEWS-7 at NOON--
We'll take you to First Baptist Church's annual Christmas pageant--
Highlights from the program, a little later in the newscast.
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Film Star Jimmy Stewart is expected to be released from the hospital later
today after being treated for a minor head injury.
Stewart was rushed to the hosptal last night after he fell down and hit his
head against a chair.
His publicist says the accident wasn't serious, but because Stewart is 87,
he was kept in the hospital overnight.
Stewart has made more than 75 films, including "The Philadelphia Story,"
for which he won an Academy Award, and the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful
Well, the Holiday Season seems to be affecting people in different ways.
In Boise, Idaho someone has been dropping gold coins into Salvation Army
So far, seven have turned up worth about 350-dollars.
Officials say it was quite a surprise for folks counting coins.
But they also say someone else has been stealing kettles.
Police in Boise say a woman wearing a Salvation Army coat apparently told
another bell ringer she was his replacement.
When the man returned a few minutes later both the kettle and the woman
toss to wx
A local sportswear maker expects a deal with NASCAR to be a good fit.
Martinsville-based Tultex says it's a partner in a new company called Wide
Open Performance Wear.
It will sell t-shirts and other items associated with auto racing.
The company will target track side vendors, special promotions, plus
department stores and specialty shops.
The racing circuit is not Tultex's first go 'round with professional sports
The company already sells N-F-L and N-B-A products.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP almost 22 points.
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Just ahead, Virginia Tech's football team prepares for the Sugar Bowl, and
this year they say they've got a new attitude.
and the Virginia Cavaliers slam dunk V-C-U in Charlottesville last night.
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The Virginia Cavaliers upped their record to 4 and 2 last night beating
V-C-U 80 to 65 in Charlottesville.
Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers were hoping to rebound at home.
But V-C-U took the early lead.
Patrick Lee hits this three pointer and U-V-a trailed 14 to 5.
Virginia came right back as Courtney Alexander pulls up and hits this
jumper cutting the lead to 7.
A little later, Chris Alexander passes to Curtis Staples for the
score--making it 22 to 18 Virginia.
The Rams answered with six straight points to take a four point lead at the
Virginia rallied in the second SUPER=33-Virginia/=80/VCU/=65;half--
Norman Nolan pulls down the rebound and scores two of his 21 points on the
slam-- Virginia wins it 80 to 65.
GRAPHIC=Tech Sugar Bowl
A different Virginia Tech team from last year will suit up for the bowl.
Tech plays Texas at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans next week.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/1994 Gator Bowl; :
The Hokies still remember the 45 to 23 loss to Tennessee last season in
the Gator Bowl.
Some of the Hokies say they got caught up in pre-game festivities-- but
this year they are focusing on the Longhorns.
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((WILLIAM YARBOROUGH/TECH SAFETY: ))
((BRYANT STILL/TECH RECEIVER: ))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-William Yarborough/Tech Safety; :00
SUPER=01-Bryant Still/Tech Receiver; :
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....STAY FOCUSED."
Before we go, we'd like to leave you with a special Christmas gift from your
At six on Christmas morning and again at 5 p.m. W-D-B-J-7 will broadcast
portions of the Roanoke Christmas Pageant produced by First Baptist Church.
News 7 Mornin' and News 7 at Noon will be off that day
From this amazing production, here's "All Is Well."
Happy holidays from all of us at News 7 at Noon.
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