U-S Army engineers suffer a setback as they try to build a bridge into
A story about a boy abandoned in Utah at Christmas turns out to be a hoax,
the boy is really a woman.
And Japan says farewell to Godzilla.
It's going to be another cold afternoon.
Highs today will be in the 30s... and we may even see some more snow flurries
I'll have the forecast for you in a minute.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
The U-S deployment in Bosnia took another hit from Mother Nature.
This time the problem is flooding.
U-S troops on the banks of the Sava River in Croatia were forced to
evacuate their camp last night.
The flooding is causing delays in building a bridge across the river that
the troops want to use for their deployment.
Still, the NATO operation is moving forward.
Cinny Kennard has that story, on patrol with American troops.
SUPER=01-Major Skip Davis/U.S. Army; :15
SUPER=01-Lt. Johan Applegren/U.S. Army; :33
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; 1:17
OUT Q=CINNY KENNARD, CBS NEWS TUZLA.
The heavily armed us patrols are partly on reconnaissance to make sure there
has been complainace with the peace accord, but also to tell the warring
factions more American combat troops are on the way today, and must be allowed
to travel freely in the region.
MAJOR SKIP DAVIS/U-S ARMY- THEY NEED TO KNOW THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE
OPENED SO THAT WE COULD KEEP OUR FORCES GOING BACK AND FOURTH AND WE DON'T
EXPECT OUR MOVEMENT OR EVEN TO SLOW IT OR STOP IT.
The Bosnian Serb soldier says letting the us patrol through is no problem.
letting the journalists through is.
LT. JOHAN APPLEGREN/US ARMY- THEY ARE UNDER THE ORDERS, NO JOURNALISTS
THAT HASN'T BEEN CLARIFIED FOR HIM THEY DON'T WANT TO BE INTERVIEWED OR
This checkpoint unlike others in peacetime bosnia has controlled access,
which is forbidden in the dayton peace accords.
But it is located just miles from the site of one of the worst mass killings
in europe since world war two. 20 miles from a soccer field where us officials
believe thousands of bodies are buried,and the serbs aren't willing to let
anyone roam freely..even the us patrols.
Ccould it be linked to the fact that there are stories of atrocities we are
in the vicinity any of Srebencia where there are bodies buried...
BOSNIAN SERB SOLDIER/NO ID: NO COMMENT...NO COMMENT PLEASE.
An advance team of us combat soldies will travel
through the sector today en route to tuzla. the 325th infantry airborne
battlion combat team came first to remove obstacles, to make sure mines are
cleared, and roads are opened. they returned to base satisfied their mission
was sucessful. Cinny Kennard, CBS News, Tuzla.))
Low level budget talks have resumed on Capitol Hill today.
But the big players, President Clinton and Republican Congressional leaders,
won't meet until tomorrow.
Neither side is betting on an early budget deal.
In fact, at a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday Senate Majority leader Bob
Dole said there was only a 50-50 chance of reaching an agreement this week.
((SEN. BOB DOLE:WE'LL MEET FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY AND HOPEFULLY BY SATURDAY
EVENING WE'LL HAVE AN OUTLINE OR FRAMEWORK OF SOME AGREEMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/Majority Leader;
OUT Q=of some agreement.
Meantime, the doors are still locked at numerous government buildings and
thousands of federal workers are staying home for a 13th day.
More illegal aliens than ever are being given the boot by U-S immigration
A government report says the U-S deported close to 52-thousand illegal
aliens during 19-95.
That's a 15 percent increase over last year.
Immigration officials attribute the increase to better border enforcement
and increased vigilance in kicking out criminal illegal aliens.
In Utah, a Hoax by a Hoaks.
A 13-year-old boy who said he had been abandoned by his parents at a Salt
Lake City bus depot is really a 25-year-old woman.
Birdie Jo Hoaks had told authorities her name was Michael Ross.
Her story of abandonment pulled at the country's holiday heart strings and
offers of help poured into Utah from around the country.
State officials say she attempted similar scams in several other states.
((REPORTER: WHEY DO YOU KEEP PRETENDING TO BE A BOY.
VOICE OF BIRDIE JO HOAKS: THAT IS THE WAY I LIVE WHEN I HAVE TO LIV OUT ON THE
STREETS. THINK ABOUT IT. WHICH IS SAFER, TO BE A BOY ON THE STREETS OR A GIRL
ON THE STREETS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AS YOUNG AS I DO. ))
OUT Q=AS YOUNG AS I DO.
Hoaks spent a week at this youth shelter with a group of boys, she is now
in the women's section of the Salt Lake City jail.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
The rape trial of three U-S military men is on hold, as the family seeks to
move the trial out of Okinawa,
and the cold weather is driving many people to stores in search of portable
But fire officials warn customers of the dangers.
Snow showers will continue across Northern West Virginia... flurries are
expected in the Greenbrier Valley and southwest Virginia this afternoon.
High pressure will build in from the south tonight and bring more sunshine for
the weekend. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
music up full
The rape trial of three U-S servicemen in Japan is on hold this afternoon.
The trial was supposed to wrap up today but was delayed when the mothers of
two of the servicemen asked for a change of venue.
They argued there could be bias against their sons in Okinawa, where the
rape of the 12-year-old girl occurred.
Before today's developments, the three-judge panel conducting the trial had
been expected to render a verdict and sentence in late January.
In Rockbridge County, it was not a happy holiday for one family who is
mourning the shooting death of a son.
26-year old Ronald C. Hewitt is accused of killing 24- year- old Christopher
Higgins and wounding Higgins' girlfriend Brenda Tomlin.
Tomlin had dated Hewitt two years ago.
The victim's family says Hewitt forced his way into their home on Christmas
Eve armed with a rifle.
As Higgins and Tomlin were in bed Hewitt allegedly walked down the hallway
and shot them both.
Now family members are mourning the loss.
IN Q=He was just (QUICK!)
((BARBARA WEEMS/VICTIM'S SISTER: HE WAS JUST ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND I THINK I
WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR HIM WHEN HE NEEDED ME.))
((CARL HIGGINS/VICTIM'S BROTHER: YOU KNOW I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE THE
ELECTRIC CHAIR... I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO SPEND HIS LIFE IN PRISON. AS LONG AS
JUSTICE IS DONE. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IT'S NOT GOING TO BRING CHRIS BACK.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Weems/Victim's Sister;
SUPER=01-Carl Higgins/Victim's Brother; :07
OUT Q=bring Chris back.
Tomlin is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Hospital-
Hewitt will be arraigned in January.
Portable space heaters are great for keeping us warm, but they can also be
Case in point --
An elderly Boones Mill woman was critically injured Saturday in a mishap
involving one of the appliances.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, such accidents are preventable.
IN Q=Fire officials
SUPER=03-Boones Mill/December 23; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Hylton/Roanoke City Fire Dept.; :16
SUPER=01-Carl Carty/Lowe's Home Center; :41
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Fire officials say 84- year- old Evelyn Scott was trying to re-fuel her
kerosene heater when she accidentally fell and spilled the fuel into a nearby
Authorities say accidents involving portable heaters are all too common.
((LT. JIM HYLTON/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPT.: I HAVEN'T PERSONALLY NOTICED AN
INCREASE, BUT WE HAVE FIRES FROM SPACE HEATERS EVERY YEAR FROM EITHER PEOPLE
USING THEM IMPROPERLY, OR USING THE WRONG FUEL IN THEM-- OR ELSE TRYING TO
BOOST THE FIRE BY ADDING GAS OR KEROSENE TO A FIRE TO TRY TO GET IT TO HURRY UP
AND CATCH UP. ))
The early arrival of Old Man Winter has boosted the sales of space heaters.
Lowe's Home Center employees estimate they've sold about two- thousand units
((CARL CARTY/LOWE'S HOME CENTER: THINGS THAT THEY WERE GOING TO PUT OFF UNTIL
FEBRUARY-- THEY WERE IN HERE IN DECEMBER, READY TO GO AND TRY TO GET THEIR
HOUSE WARM. ))
And while heating your home-- fire officials say it's important to
remember the basics.
Change the batteries in smoke detectors, keep combustible materials at
least three feet away from portable heaters, and use the proper fuel in all
SOT standup 8:14:46
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SO NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF HEAT SOURCE YOU USE THIS
WINTER-- IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALSO USE GOOD COMMON SENSE. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
This week marks the observance of the African American ancestry -
We'll talk with the director of a local museum and find out how it plans to
and for those would like to bag Newt Gingrich, one California bookstore is
doing just that.
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TAPE#=edit of tape 94-100
In addition to Christmas, Hannukah and New Year's -- another celebration
takes place this time of year.
(KWAN-zuh) Kwanzaa is underway.
The seven-day observance pays tribute to the rich cultural roots of people
with African ancestry.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture is celebrating tonight, and
executive director Aletha Bolden is here to tell us about it.
How did Kwanzaa come about?
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum;
(Tell us about the tradition itself? What takes place each year?)
(Why does it take place between Christmas and New Year's?)
(What does the Harrison Museum have in store tonight?)
(mel toss to beth)
It was a mixed bag of business news for our area in mid 19-95.
As Len Besthoff reports, the year started out with a bang but then began to
fizzle for some companies.
Here's Len with our special year end edition of the News 7 Business Review.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./May; :07
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./June; :47
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July; 1:34
OUT Q=Nat Sot
Halifax County welcomed another manufacturer in May when the
90-million-dollar J-M Huber particle board plant opened for business.
In the Alleghany Highlands, the Bacova Guild announced a major expansion
that will produce hundreds of new jobs.
It's new home furnishings factory is now close to completion.
Southwest Virginia's largest employer announced some big changes.
The Carilion Health System said it will restructure and reduce its budget by
174-million-dollars a year.
Carilion's rival got even bigger in May, as Columbia/HCA purchased Alleghany
Ericsson of Lynchburg doubled the number of people it expects to hire as a
result of an expansion by the communications company, from 400 to 800.
Botetourt County remains bullish about its business prospects.
It spent four-million-dollars to purchase 900 acres of land for development
Right after that, the county reeled in a big prospect on another piece of
A-O Smith of Milwaukee broke ground on a new, 24-million-dollar truck parts
Tobacco farmers took a big hit this summer.
Heavy rains produced a bumper crop of the blue mold fungus that ruins
In Bedford, fears that a large employer would shut down were put aside when
an investor bought Goldenwest Foods.
And Bedford's largest employer was also sold, when the Rubatex rubber
products company was bought by an investor group.
Collegiate Pacific, a Roanoke screenprinting business that once employed 150
people, shut down this summer...but a handful of former employees bought a
portion its business and reopened it under another name.
Pittsylvania County learned of a big layoff when the Times Fiber coaxial
cable plant idled more than 100 workers.
Danville got a dose of the jobless blues when blue jeans maker Jonbil closed
...at one point it had 250 employees.
A month later the city got some better news, when Dan River Mills announced
an expansion that will create up to 500 new jobs.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review Year End Edition.
Stocks are heading lower on Wall Street as investors take profits before the
end of the year.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN eight points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
George Allen bets on a sweet victory for the Hokies in the Sugar Bowl,
and a death in Japan has the country grieving.
Godzilla is no more.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC-Nations Bank Holiday Hoops
The championship round of the Nations Bank Holiday Hoops tournament is set.
Salem will take on Riverside of Durham, North Carolina today at 3-45.
Northside trailed by 15 at the half before Justin Porterfield finds Spence
Then North Carolina's Jason Holmes scores and the Pirates start to pull
Holmes hits Derrick Wiley SUPER=33-Riverside/=70/Northside/=50;
and Riverside wins it 70 to 50.
William Byrd and Salem hooked up in the nightcap.
Scott Hall scores and the Spartans take an early 10 point lead.
Byrd hangs tough. Chris Childress gets the deuce.
But Salem's Eric SUPER=33-Salem/=64/William Byrd/=62;
Grinnell finishes the play as the Spartans go on to win 64 to 62.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
In consolation action -- William Fleming pounded Franklin County.
Percy Parnell drives downcourt and passes to Charles Burnette for a 71-39
lead in the fourth.
Franklin County tries to keep up SUPER=34-W. Fleming/=77/Franklin Co./=47;
but Fleming wins 77 to 47.
In the second consolation game, Glenvar took on Patrick Henry.
P-H's Colby Leftwich finds Boo Battle at the foul line. Battle scores for
the first quarter lead.
But the Highlanders Hunter Allen picks up the loose ball and scores and
Glenvar wins 57 to 48.
GRAPHIC=tech sugar bowl
Governor Allen is counting on the Virginia Tech Hokies to help him even the
score with Texas Governor George Bush Jr.
Allen lost a wager with Bush in October when Texas defeated Virginia.
Now the Hokies are playing the Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl, and Allen is
betting a batch of Virginia foods.
Bush bet some Texas barbecue and Ruby Red grapefruits.
By the way, our Mike Stevens is on the road to New Orleans and will have a
live report on the Sugar Bowl tonight on News 7.
Allen, a former quarterback for Virginia, also placed a bet with Georgia's
governor on the Peach Bowl.
And while we're on the subject of politicians, you may recall House Speaker
Newt Gingrich was selected as Time Magazine's Man of The Year.
SUPER=03-Santa Cruz, CA;
While many like the idea, others say it makes them physically ill.
And now a Santa Cruz, California bookshop has come up with some help for
Yes, it's a Newt barf bag.
Some shoppers find it quite humorous while other's say it borders on bad
And finally -- Japan is mourning the death of one of its greatest film
You know, the one with the long tail and the sharp teeth.
Yes, Godzilla is gone.
Correspondent Bruce Dunning has the story of what's supposed to be the
monster's last movie.
SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=Bruce Dunning, CBS News Tokyo.
If you have a Godzilla - sized appetite for southern cooking but you're
trying to shape up at the same time, we have a solution.
Our guest today on Health Check is "Natoma"-- and she'll bring along some
of her Southern specialties-- like a chicken gravy biscuit with just five grams
Join us for that, plus all the day's news, sports and weather-- on News 7 at
I'll see you again tomorrow.
Thanks for watching News 7 at NOON.