A car crash in Lynchburg kills one man this morning.
A-T-&-T announces it is cutting 40-thousand jobs from it's workforce.
And in New York, witnesses say a disgruntled employee went on a shooting
News seven at noon is next.
One man is dead after his car lost control and smashed into a tree in
It happened at about 10 this morning in the 700 block of Leesville Road.
The car was so badly mangled from the collision, the victim had to be cut
from the wreckage.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity is not being released until his family is notified.
Authorities say heavy rain and a slick road could be factors in the
At least one person is dead in a shooting at an AUTO PARTS warehouse, north
of New York City.
Witnesses in Westchester County say the owner of the warehouse was KILLED,
and three people were wounded.
The witnesses say a FORMER employee opened fire with a shotgun, and that
ONE of the wounded MAY be the gunman.
A-T-and-T says it will eliminate nearly 40-thousand jobs, mostly through
The cuts are part of a SWEEPING plan to split the company into THREE
A-T-&-T says about 30-thousand positions will be cut.
An additional ten-thousand-500 positions will be eliminated through
voluntary severance and divestitures.
Approximately 70 percent of the jobs are expected to be eliminated THIS
There are thousands of other employees who are getting the COLD shoulder
from their BOSS.
This is the TENTH business day of the latest federal shutdown, and workers
CONTINUE to vent their frustrations.
They received a partial paycheck today-- with the emphasis on PARTIAL.
Workers got their regular wage for one week... but minus all deductions.
That means two weeks of health and insurance deposits were subtracted.
It's got many federal employees asking why.
IN Q=Steve Lax
((STEVE LAX/FEDERAL WORKER: WELL I WAS WONDERING... SINCE THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T
SEEM TO MANAGE THEIR OWN BUDGET, HOW COME THEY HAVE TO MESS UP MY BUDGET? ))
SUPER=01-Steve Lax/Federal Worker;
OUT Q=mess up my budget
Workers ARE getting some help from outside sources.
Some local credit unions are offering short term loans at very low interest
Federal employees say some creditors are also cutting them some slack.
Today, the Senate is expected to debate a proposal to get those furloughed
workers back to work.
This evening, congressional leaders head to the White House for more talks
on a balanced-budget agreement.
Secretary of Defense William Perry is on the first leg of a
trip...that will take him to Bosnia for a visit with the U-S peacekeeping
Perry says that their mission is right on target... and on time.
CBS News correspondent Cinny Kennard reports from Tuzla.
IN Q=Defense Secretary Perry arrived
SUPER=03-Aviano AFB, Italy; :00
SUPER=03-Split, Croatia; :49
SUPER=01- Captain Michael Kaseles/US Army; 1:15
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=Cinny Kennard, CBS News, Tuzla.
((Defense Secretary Perry arrived as half cheerleader, half forecaster. His
first stop was Italy, to congratulate the allied fliers at Aviano, providing
air cover for the Bosnian operation. Secretary Perry predicted Americans will
meet the next nato deadline with half of the 20 thousand combat troops in place
by January 19th on patrol, separating the warring sides. The Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff and Perry will visit Tuzla and Sarajevo which is having
problems with peace.
The Bosnian government is pressing NATO for help this morning, claiming Serb
separatists have abducted 14 Muslim civilians as they traveled on roads in the
Bosnian capitol where there is suppose to be freedom of movement under the
Dayton Accords. One government minister claimed some of the detainees had
been dragged from their cars.
Elsewhere, for the first time since World War Two German soldiers are on duty
outside of their country. The bulk of the German contigent arrived this
morning. The Russians who were suppose to be here this week have been delayed.
The Americans continue to rumble in to the sector in northeastern Bosnia.
Today they are pushing south, combat troops and heavy armor setting up in base
camps getting ready to go to work.
SOT: CAPTAIN MICHAEL KASELES/US ARMY- WE ARE ON A PEACE MISSION AND
HOPE ITS GOING TO STAY THAT WAY.
Soldiers say they are ready....
Cinndy Fennard, CBS News, Tuzla.))
The first American wounded in the NATO peace keeping mission in Bosnia is
now in Hungary.
Martin Begosh (buh-GAHSH') was evacuated by helicopter today from a military
hospital in Croatia.
He'll soon be flown to Germany.
Begosh suffered a severe foot wound and a broken leg Saturday when his
vehicle struck a land mine.
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Still to come --
Police investigate conflicting reports as to WHAT caused a motorist to hit
several New Year's revelers in Boston,
meanwhile, investigators try to determine what caused a BUS crash in Mexico
that KILLED more than two- dozen people.
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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will ask the General Assembly for
IMMUNITY from annexation.
This morning, the supervisors voted to request a CHANGE in the county
charter that would PREVENT Roanoke City or Salem from claiming ANY county land.
The state's moratorium on annexation will expire within two years.
And county officials say they fear what the future holds... if annexation
allows Salem and Roanoke to chip away at the county's tax base.
IN Q=I'm not for
((BOB JOHNSON/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I'M NOT FOR ANY ADVERSARIAL
RELATIONSHIPS. THE MEDIA WILL HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH THIS, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO
APOLOGIZE FOR ROANOKE COUNTY AND ITS CITIZENS RIGHT TO EXIST. THEY DESERVE IT.
WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT THEY GET IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Roanoke Co. Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=see that they get it.
With the election of Spike Harrison, democrats now hold a majority on the
Today, the supervisors named Bob Johnson chairman for the next year.
In Henry County, a teenager charged with the shooting death of his
step-father is being held this afternoon in a juvenile facility.
The shooting happened New Year's Eve at the victim's residence in Fieldale.
Investigators say the shooting was sparked by a dispute between the 15-
year- old and his 19- year- old gilfriend outside the home.
A sheriff's investigator says the step-father got involved when the teen
went inside and grabbed a 22- caliber rifle.
Authorities say the two struggled before 30 -year old James Nelson Marshall,
Junior was shot in the chest.
The teen is also charged with another shooting.
IN Q=For some
((P.G. PUCKETT/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: FOR SOME REASON THE ACCUSED CAME OUTSIDE
THE RESIDENCE, WHILE HE WAS OUTSIDE FIRED ANOTHER ROUND THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR
OF THE RESIDENCE, THIS SECOND ROUND STRUCK THE ACCUSED GIRLFRIEND, THE 19- YEAR
OLD FEMALE. ))
SUPER=01-P.G. Puckett/Henry Co. Investigator; :00
OUT Q=year old female.
The young man's 19- year old girlfriend, La-keshia Massey, has been released
from a local hospital.
The teen was charged with second degree murder in connection with his
Mexican officials still want to know what caused one tour bus to run head-on
The accident happened yesterday near the U-S border.
Donna Rossi tells us more about the collision.
IN Q=These graphic
SUPER=03-Sonoita, Mexico; :00
SUPER=01-Enrique Mota/Paramedic; :18
SUPER=01-Donna Rossi/Reporting; :50
SUPER=01-Nancy Guthrie/Univ. Medical Center/Tucson; 1:11
SUPER=01-Luis Cabrera/Mexican Consul; 1:25
OUT Q=Donna Rossia for CBS News.
((These graphic pictures show why so many people were killed when the two tour
buses collided head on. At least 26 at last check. Some 22 others suffered
minor to serious injuries. It was still dark when paramedics from the town of
Sonoita, Mexico arrived at the scene.
Mota SOT " It was in the middle of the highway two buses the biggest accident
we ever had at the roadside. Lots of bodies and people crying for help."
The buses were headed in opposite directions on the stretch of highway that
leads from the US border to the popular vacation spot Rocky Point. It's
believed one of the buses crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. At
least six of the dead are children.
Two hours later a few miles down the road another fatal crash prompted Mexican
authorities to call on Arizona for help. A van carrying a California family of
six rolled. One woman was killed.
Her husband and four daughters were flown to hospitals in Tucson and Phoenix.
Arizona rescue helicopters also brought two people from the bus crash to be
treated in Tucson and Phoenix.
Guthrie SOT "We were sent to the border because we don't have privileges to fly
into Mexico and we picked up our patients at the border."
The Phoenix Mexican Consul went to one of the hospitals treating the victims.
He's grateful for Arizona's help.
Cabrera SOT "Well, I think it shows great solidarity which is very very
encouraging to have that in these moments."))
Boston police are investigating conflicting reports of what caused a New
Year's Eve melee that left at least 21 people injured.
A couple in a car claim they were attacked by an angry mob when they were
leaving Boston's crowded waterfront after New Year's Eve celebrations.
IN Q=All of a sudden
((ALL OF A SUDDEN I GET TURNED AND THEY STARTE D KICKING THE CAR AND BUSTING
WINDOWS, LIKE A RIOT. FOR NO REASON? NO
REASON AT ALL! ))
SUPER=01-Antoinette Labord/Car Passenger;
OUT Q=at all
Police claim the driver intentionally rammed his car into the crowd.
Then, the crowd trashed the car.
26- year- old Anthony Brooks faces multiple charges of assault and battery
and assault with intent to murder.
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Up next -- the latest travel information out of Roanoke Regional Airport,
and how to find a mate.
We'll show you how single people are getting up close and personal in
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GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
It's anything BUT business as usual at Roanoke Regional Airport today.
Dense fog in the Roanoke Valley hampered pilot visibility yesterday,
causing arrivals and departures to be either delayed or re- routed.
Officials say it will take a while to get flights back to normal.
The main problem now is low visiblity across the east coast.
Airport officials advise calling the airports or travel agency prior to your
Yesterday's rain and fog did not dampen the spirits of traveling Hokie fans,
Scott Prince has that story.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
IN Q=Hokie fans
SUPER=01-Melvin Dunman/Virginia Tech Fan; :16
SUPER=01-Brice Cole/Virginia Tech Fan; :22
SUPER=01-Beverly Sgro/Virginia Education Secretary; :32
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :54
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Hokie fans have waited a long time for a victory in a major bowl.
So waiting to get back to Southwest Virginia was no big deal.
Heavy fog at Roanoke Regional Airport forced Sugar Bowl travelers to switch
gears... and fly to other airports.
But emotions could not be grounded.
IN Q=It did not
((MELVIN DUNMAN/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: IT DID NOT MATTER. NO IT DIDN'T. WE HAD A
WONDERFUL TRIP FROM BEGINNING TO END. WE ENJOYED THE NEW ORLEANS. WE ENJOYED
THE FOOTBALL GAME. ))
((BRICE COLE/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: IT WAS AWESOME. I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT WIN
AND ANOTHER STEP FOR VIRGINIA TECH SPORTS. ))
OUT Q=Virginia Tech sports.
Even Virginia's Secretary of Education said Tech doubters learned a valuable
IN Q=The team just played
((BEVERLY SGRO/VIRGINIA EDUCATION SECRETARY: THE TEAM JUST PLAYED SUPERBLY. THE
CROWD WAS PHENOMENAL. THE SUPPORT FOR VIRGINIA TECH WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. IT WAS
REALLY GREAT. ))
OUT Q=really great
These Tech fans were the lucky ones.
THEIR charter flights landed in either Lynchburg, Charlottesville or
Greensboro, and then shuttle busses brought them to Roanoke.
But there are a number of Tech fans who never made it out of New Orleans
because of the weather.
IN Q=So now we have
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: SO NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING
TO PICK THESE PASSENGERS UP AND THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION. SO IN
SOME CASES THEY'RE JUST COMING OUT TO THE AIRPORT TO FIND OUT IF WE HAVE
UPDATED INFORMATION, AND AGAIN, WE OFTEN DON'T HAVE THAT. ))
OUT Q=don't have that
Even though the fog made travel plans confusing... there was no confusion on
the football field.
And for many a Hokie victory made it all worth while.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
By the way, the Hokies are scheduled to return from New Orleans this
If you're in search of a new love this new year, you may try tuning in to a
local cable station.
Teresa Hamilton tells us about Danville's T-V personals.
SUPER=01-Don Robertson/VCN Director; :27
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((Television has been called a lot of things, but matchmaker isn't one.
Yet, that's exactly what Cable Vision Industries in Danville, has become.
((Nat sound from the television. ))
Perhaps no one's more familiar with the role of matchmaker that Don
As Director of CVI's Video Connection Network, it's his to oversee the
personals that appear on Cable Channel 12.
IN Q=THERE ARE
((DON ROBERTSON/VCN DIRECTOR:THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE TO GO OUT ON THE
BAR SCENE, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT MAYBE AREN'T AS OUTGOING THAT NEED A SERVICE
LIKE THIS. ))
OUT Q= like this.
Placing an ad is free and confidential-- it's all done by computer.
There are no names or pictures.
CVI makes its profit from viewers who respond to the ads-- using a 1-900
CVI also runs other photo-classifieds-- for homes, cars and other
But none seem to have gained as much notoriety as the person to person ads.
IN Q=It's pretty neat
((IT'S PRETTY NEAT...EVERYWHERE YOU GO YOU HERE PEOPLE COMMENTING, YOU KNOW, OH
YOU WORK FOR THAT THING, THAT'S GOT ALL THOSE DATING PERSONAL ADS, SO IT'S
KIND OF HELPED BUILD OUR IDENTITY IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. ))
OUT Q= period of time.
Women are allowed eight weeks to run an ad-- men on the other hand, are
given just three.
The way Robertson sees it, women are likely to need more time, because
they're more timid and shy.
Whatever the case, he says, the service does work.
((I'VE ONLY HAD ONE LADY TO CALL ME AND ACTUALLY THANK ME, BUT I GUESS WHEN
YOU'RE IN THAT SITUATION, YOU KIND OF GET A LITTLE BIT EMBARRASSED AND DON'T
REALLY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU CAME ABOUT, MEETING THAT SIGNIFICANT
OUT Q=significant other.
But as Channel 12 continues to gain viewers and more love connections are
made, perhaps others will be less apprehensive in giving "Person to Person"
credit for a perfect match.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
A Southside lawmaker is beginning the New Year with a STERN warning to the
Congressman L- F Payne and North Carolina Congressman Richard Burr have
written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration.
Payne held a press conference near Danville this morning to outline the
The FDA wants to impose tighter restrictions on the sale and use of tobacco
Payne told reporters, it's up to Congress, not UN-elected bureaucrats to
IN Q=I'm very concerned
((REP. L. F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.:
I'M VERY CONCERNED THAT THE FDA'S ACTION IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP. ONCE THE
AGENCY GETS AUTHORITY OVER TOBACCO, I FEAR THAT IT WILL ISSUE INCREASINGLY MORE
RESTRICTIVE REGULATION UNTIL SMOKING IS BANNED OUTRIGHT.))
OUT Q=banned outright.
The letter was signed by more than 120- lawmakers, both Democrats and
Blue chip stocks are sharply higher following a report that the nation's
factories slowed for a fifth consecutive month in December.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 36 points.
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You win some, you lose some.
No one knows that better than Virginia Tech, which has lost something quite
dear to the team,
and it looks like losing just isn't in the vocabulary of the Cavaliers'
dynamic brother -duo.
A chat with the Barbers, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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The national championship will be decided tonight at the Fiesta Bowl, where
top-ranked Nebraska and number-two Florida hope to complete undefeated seasons.
The Cornhuskers are trying to become the first team to win two straight
titles since Alabama turned the trick in 1979.
The Gators are gunning for their first-ever national championship.
UVa wrapped up its season with a win in the Peach Bowl.
and Tiki Barber were back at home in Roanoke for a brief visit.
Now that their Bowl game is over, the Barbers took time to give the Lazy
Boy a work out while they watched the bowls.
They also talked about another last second win.
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Peach Bowl MVP; :00
OUT Q=...doesn't matter"
Now the tandem starts to look to next season.
IN Q="the program
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :00
OUT Q=...have to do"
And finally --
Virginia Tech had no question on what it had accomplished with the victory
over Number 9 Texas in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
But coach Frank Beamer and his team aren't sure where they put the trophy.
Beamer promised the trophy would be found -- even if it means a thorough
search of the French Quarter.
(********beth toss to patrick*******)
Thanks for watching News 7 at NOON-- and have a great day.
(patrick ad lib)