Congressman L-F Payne ends the mystery about his future in Congress.
and lethal artic cold plunges Virginia to record low temperatures.
Artic is right, and more cold is on the way for tonight, but we should stay
above the ZERO mark on the thermometer. I'll have all the chilly details.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
Congressman L- F Payne has put an end to the speculation.
At the end of his term, he will NOT seek another term as a U-S Congressman.
Payne told reporters he plans to return to the private sector.
((CONGRESSMAN L. F. PAYNE/(D) FIFTH DISTRICT: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF SPECULATION
ABOUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND I'M VERY FLATTERED BY THAT, THAT PEOPLE WOULD
THINK I'D BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR STATE WIDE OFFICE, I HAVEN'T REALLY GIVEN
THAT CONSIDERATION AT THIS TIME, MY INTEREST IS IN LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES
THAT EXIST AS I GO BACK INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.))
OUT Q=into the private sector.
During the last election, Payne ran against Republican George Landrith.
Less than an hour ago, Landrith announced his intentions to run for the
Fifth District Congressional seat.
Flames tore away at a HOUSE in Buchanan, but they didn't TAKE any LIVES.
Firefighters were called at about nine this morning --after the residents of
the house found their dryer on fire.
Gene Moseley, Junior lived in the house with his wife and three children.
IN Q=When I went
((GENE MOSELEY, JR.; WHEN I WENT OUT THERE IT WAS SMOKING REALLY GOOD, SO I CUT
THE BREAKER OFF AND EVERYTHING AND WENT BACK INSIDE TO GET SOME WATER OR
SOMETHING. TOO LATE, IT CAUGHT THE WHOLE BACK PORCH ON FIRE.))
SUPER=07-Gene Moseley, Jr.;
OUT Q=porch on fire.
Even after the flames destroyed the house--Moseley worked to help
firefighters put out the fire.
He said his landlord DID provide smoke detectors for the house and they WERE
working at the time of the blaze.
Another fire, this one in Roanoke City, has forced three families out of
Police say a child playing with a cigarette lighter sparked the blaze.
It happened yesterday in the Salem View Apartments in Roanoke.
Fire officials say the boy apparently set clothing and paper on fire in the
The fire was so hot it melted the screens and blinds of an apartment in the
IN Q=to the particular
((GARRY BASHAM/DIST. CHIEF ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: TO THE PARTICULAR APARTMENT THAT
WAS ON FIRE IT JUST ABOUT TOTALED THE INSIDE OF THAT APARTMENT. THEN WE HAD
EXTENSIVE WATER AND SMOKE DAMAGE TO TWO OTHER APARTMENTS. WE FIGURE THE DAMAGE
AT 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Garry Basham/Roanoke Fire-EMS;
OUT Q=70-thousand dollars
This is the second fire at this apartment complex in two weeks.
The first one did an estimated 2-thousand dollars damage to a kitchen.
In both cases smoke detectors were present, but batteries were missing.
IN Q=if the management
((IF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX IS GOING TO SUPPLY THE DETECTORS,
THE OCCUPANT SHOULD HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK.))
OUT Q=MAKE SURE THEY WORK
Basham recommends changing the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a
He says the families have moved into vacant apartments in the complex.
TAPE#edit of 96-3
As temperatures in many areas are breaking record lows, crews are continuing
to clear snow and ice from roads.
Blacksburg, Lynchburg and Roanoke all beat the coldest temperatures on
record for the date.
This last winter storm has claimed at least four lives in Virginia.
Every time you venture outside you are at risk for hypothermia.
Doctors suggest dressing in layers.
The ice and cold temperatures are hampering The Virginia Department of
Transportation's clean up effort.
The chemicals and heavy equipment are not working as well in this extreme
V-DOT reports ice on primary and secondary roads.
The road may be especially icy where a water main broke last night at Mt.
Vernon and Brandon Avenue in Roanoke.
Left over snow and ice are hampering efforts to repair the break, but
officials say residents should have running water by this afternoon.
TAPE# 96-2 power-outtages
And just when folks needed it the most, a large section of Roanoke was
without electricity last night.
South Roanoke lost power for more than THREE hours as the American Electric
Power Company worked on the problem.
Apparently a power line broke near the Roanoke River leaving hundreds of
residents without power.
Beth Myer is here with an update on that situation. Beth?
ANCHOR=Beth 2 shot
(beth ad lib)
SUPER=@Beth1; (screen left)
SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/AEP Corporate Communications Manager;
You've been working to restore power to many areas in Virginia. How many are
still without power?
What is the average winter electric bill and what should people expect this
What can people do to conserve energy, and try to save money on this month's
Any suggestions for keeping pipes from breaking?
What should people be thinking about doing long term to save power?)
(beth toss to mel)
(mel ad lib schoolwatch)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Don't go away -- there's more to come on News 7 at Noon.
The defense in the Oklahoma City bombing case pursues a theory of an
And there are more questions for a teenager who reportedly has confessed to
killing five members of his family.
music up full
Potential jurors are being questioned today in the Massachusetts murder
trial of John Salvi.
SUPER=03-Brookline, MA/December 30, 1994/;
He's accused of killing two employees at abortion clinics near Boston in
His defense is expected to enter an insanity plea.
But experts agree its always a tough sell.
((THE JURY HAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE DEFENDENT IS MENTALLY ILL AND BECAUSE OF
THIS ILLNESS HE WAS NOT ABLE TO CONFORM TO HIS CONDUCT TO THE LAW, TO
UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL SIGNIFICANCE AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACT IN THIS CASE
OF KILLING A HUMAN BEING. ))
SUPER=01-Elliott Weinstein/Legal Expert;
OUT Q=A HUMAN BEING.
Salvi was arrested in Norfolk the day after the Brookline shootings.
Police say he was apprehended after shooting at another clinic.
Jury selection is expected to take three to five days.
The trial of the man accused of killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas begins today
in San Jose, California.
Prosecutors say Richard Allen Davis kidnapped the girl from her bedroom
during a slumber party in October 1993, strangled her and dumped her body by a
Davis was arrested two months later following a nationwide search.
In other news from California, Autopsies are planned today in San Diego for
five members of a family allegedly killed by a 15-year-old relative.
The five victims were found dead inside a burning condominium.
Published reports state that Joshua Jenkins has confessed to killing his
parents, grandparents and sister before setting fire to the condo.
The boy then fled in his parents' Mercedes and was spotted by a gas station
clerk who had seen news accounts of the massacre.
IN Q=I was scared
((I WAS SCARED WHEN HE WAS COMING I SAID I'VE GOT TO GO HE'S COMING IN. ))
OUT Q=he's coming in.
Police have not discussed a motive, but the family's neighbor says the boy
has emotional problems including difficulty accepting the fact that he was
The attorney representing Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is
pressing the theory of an international conspiracy in the case.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
Stephen Jones says his ofice has been investigating the possibility of a
deep conspiracy invoving European extremists.
And the London Times reports that the F-B-I is also looking into claims that
British and German neo-Nazis helped plan the April 19th bombing.
((STEPHEN JONES/TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: THERE'S A SERIES OF TELEPHONE
CALLS, TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS, SIMILIAR IDEOLOGIES, SIMILIAR FINGER PRINTS OF THE
TYPE OF EVIDENCE, THOSE TYPES OF THINS ARE WHAT ATTRACT BOTH MY INTEREST AND
THE F-B-I'S INTEREST. ))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/Timothy McVeigh's Attorney;
OUT Q= the FBI's interest.
The London Times says McVeigh's lawyers believe the bombing may have been to
avenge the execution of white supremacist Richard Snell.
Snell, convicted of murder, was put to death in Arkansas the day of the
NATO officials now say the American soldier killed Saturday in Bosnia did
NOT die in a land mine blast.
An autopsy conducted today in Germany shows Sergeant Donald Dugan died from
a massive head injury.
Officials say he received the fatal injury when he picked up live
ammunition and it blew up in his hands.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Some more big changes are in the works at First Union,
and these University of Florida students are happy to get back to school, and
happy to be FLYING.
music up full
TAPE# 95-109; edit 96-8
More than 40 University of Florida students flew home from West Virginia
last night after their chartered bus took a wrong turn during Friday's winter
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV/Friday;
The students' ski trip was sidetracked when the bus ran off the road and
slid 50 feet down a snowy hillside.
At least six students left from Roanoke Regional Airport.
Many say they'll just be glad to get home.
IN Q=I think that
((ANDY DAWSON/FLORIDA JUNIOR: I THINK THAT EVERYONE IS HAPPY TO BE ALIVE. IT
WAS A SCARY THOUGHT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BUS AND SEE WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
WE'RE ALL GOING HOME. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Dawson/Florida Junior;
OUT Q=thing right now.
According to the students, not all will make the trip back to Gainesville.
Two are in a West Virginia Hospital and one remains in the University of
Virginia Hospital with 2 broken legs and a punctured lung.
You'd think after this incident they'd want to stay in Sunny Florida next
winter, but apparently the ski slopes of West Virginia still beckon.
IN Q=Yea it's
((LISA HOLCOMB/FLORIDA JUNIOR: YEA IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S SITTIN' US BACK RIGHT
NOW BUT YOU CAN'T BE AFRAID OF EVERYTHING. BUT NEXT TIME WE'LL FLY INSTEAD OF
TAKING A BUS UP.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Holcomb/Florida Junior;
OUT Q=bus up.
The students did manage to squeeze in two nights at the Snowshoe Mountain
Resort-- but they didn't ski.
Last week we told you about reshuffling by First Union that will create 50
new jobs in the Roanoke area.
Now the bank will overhaul a much larger division.
Workers learned a department that processes checks and deposits is part of a
Some functions will transfer out of the area.
First Union says this won't negatively impact its workforce here.
The bank will transfer people or put them in other jobs if they're
200 people work in the affected division.
Altogether, First Union has 22-hundred employees here.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
DOWN nearly 17 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Patrick will have, yes, N-F-L results,
and we'll introduce you to the inductees of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of
MUSIC UP FULL
San Francisco 49-er Jerry Rice caught six passes for 82 yards and a
touchdown as the N-F-C beat the A-F-C 20 to 13 in the Pro Bowl.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
The A-F-C got on the board first. Jeff Blake throws to Pittsburgh
Steeler receiver Yancey Thigpen, who takes the ball into the end zone.
The record 93 yard scoring play gives the A-F-C a 7 to nothing lead.
Rice pulls in this Brett Favre one SUPER=30-NFC/=20/AFC/=13;yard
touchdown in the second quarter giving the N-F-C a 10 to 7 lead, and the N-F-C
hangs on to win the pro Bowl 20 to 13.
It was an O-DAC showdown at the Bast Center last night as Roanoke College
SUPER=03-Salem/Tigers vs. Maroons;
Tigers' guard Ryan Odom makes this 3 pointer from the right wing.
But Jason Bishop answers for the Maroons with this move and makes the
The defending O-DAC champs go inside to Nate Schwab who gets the hoop, plus
Franklin County native Derek Bryant adds a long three pointer, and Roanoke
beats the Tigers 85 to 78.
GRAPHIC=HALL OF FAME
It was a hot night for baseball fans in Salem last night.
Mike Stevens has more on the Salem-Roanoke baseball hall of fame banquet.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame; :00
SUPER=01-Kent Tekulve/NL Record Holder for Games Pitched; :32
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/1103 Career Wins; 1:03
SUPER=01-Jim Cutler/403 Wins At Liberty; 1:15
SUPER=01-Bobby Thomson/1951 Series Hero For Giants; 1:50
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( There was plenty of baseball and lots of apple pie inside the Salem Civic
Center, although the normal hotdog portion of that trio underwent a major
upgrade for this event.
Nearly 650 fans of the game including Congressman Bob Goodlatte came to eat
and honor this year four inductees.
Heading the class of 96' is former Salem Rebel and Pittsburgh Pirates relief
ace Kent Tekulve, who was a big part of the Bucs 1979 World series title.
((KENT TUKULVE/NL RECORD HOLDER FOR GAMES PITCHED:))
Two terrific area coaches join Tekulve in the hall. Virginia Tech's CHuck
Hartman and LIberty high school's JIm Cutler - who between them have won over
((CHUCK HARTMAN/1130 CAREER WINS:))
((JIM CUTLER/403 WINS AT LIBERTY HIGH:))
((BOBBY THOMSON/1951 SERIES HERO FOR GIANTS:))
Longtime Kiwanis and American Legion supporter Wayne LaPierre joined the other
inductees and Thomson in the spotlight on this special night. In Salem Mike
Stevens News 7 sports.))
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.