Coming up on News 7 at Eleven-
It is a huge railroad merger. Two companies join forces. Len Besthoff has
New business may find Martinsville Henry County inviting- thanks to its
Plus look what happens when dad leaves the kids in the running car.
News 7 is next.
Two huge railroads are joining forces.
C-S-X and Conrail will merge creating one of the world's largest
It may affect this area- in the long term. Len Besthoff will have a report.
Speaking of joining forces- Martinsville and Henry County are teaming up
to open a business park.
The goal is to open the park in two years.
Plus look what happens when you leave kids in a running car. The kids are
ok. But the car went out of control.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
It's a huge merger-
C-S-X and Conrail have agreed to join forces creating one of the world's
largest transportation systems.
The eight-billion dollar deal should not impact this area in the short term.
But Len Besthoff says over the long haul, there may be some reaction from
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Christiansburg police seized a bloody jacket from the home of the man
charged with killing a 90 year-old woman.
A judge today appointed a lawyer to represent James Reid on murder charges.
Police are awaiting forensic test results to decide whether to also charge
him with rape.
An autopsy today revealed 90 year old Annie Lester was beaten and stabbed to
Her body was found in the bedroom of her home on Saturday.
Investigators wrote on a search warrant affidavit that blood on Reid's
jacket and wounds on Lester's chest were consistent with sexual assault.
The trial is under way for the alleged triggerman in the death of Virginia
Tech student Alexander DeFilippis.
28 year-old Ben Lilly is accused of capital murder, carjacking, abduction,
robbery and five related firearms charges.
Jury selection is expected to last at least until Thursday.
Lilly could get the death penalty if he's convicted.
SUPER=@File; His brother Mark Lilly, who's also charged, is expected to
provide key testimony against him.
And Gary Barker, a third defendant has also promised to testify for the
state as a condition of his earlier plea bargain.
More American troops are arriving in Bosnia.
Five thousand in all from the Army.
They're job- To provide protection for the Army's first armored division as
it pulls out during the next two months.
U-S military officials have said all American troops will be out of Bosnia by
But that could change if NATO decides a new international mission in Bosnia
Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are gearing up for tomorrow's final debate before
As Byron Harlan reports, Dole will raise the question of ethics.
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((A San Diego University is the setting the final round of the debates.
The candidates will be center stage and the gloves are coming off.
Bob dole wants to know why the President's campaign accepted 425-thousand
dollars from Indonesian bankers and why his aids collected F.B.I. files on
An attack on the President's ethics is at the heart of his strategy this time
BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WE HAVE SEEN MORE THAN 30 CLINTON
OFFICIALS INVESTIGATED, FIRED OR FORCED TO RESIGN DUE TO ETHICAL IMPROPRIETIES.
But the president wanted to talk about a new study saying there's less
violence on T.V. now than last year.
CLINTON: WE WANT TO HAVE TOTAL FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT WE ALSO
WANT TO HAVE A SOCIETY IN WHICH THE CULTURE SUPPORTS FAMILIES AND RAISING THEIR
The president side-stepped questions about the controversial campaign
contributions from the Indonesian bankers.
But, Newt Gingrich wants a congressional investigation regarding the
contributions and the F.B.I. files.
The President says, that's election year politicking.
BYRON HARLAN/CBS NEWS : THE FIRST TIME THEY MET, FOLKS GAVE BOTH HIGH MARKS
FOR THEIR CIVILITY, BUT MOST THOUGHT PRESIDENT CLINTON WON.
BUT SOME POLLS SHOW THAT BILL CLINTON LEADS BOB DOLE AS MANY AS 18-POINTS,
SO THIS MAY BE MR. DOLE S BIG CHANCE TO CLOSE THE GAP.
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, one city and County are joining forces to turn
around its economic fortunes,
and we'll tell you why one candidate says he is risking his livelihood in an
effort to get elected to the House of Representatives.
Robin in WX CENTER
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Martinsville and Henry County say they are open for business.
After suffering a series of downsizings and plant closings, both localities
are recruiting new industry TOGETHER.
Kimberly McBroom explains how.
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(( Somewhere on a thousand- acre piece of land, will be the base for
Martinsville and Henry County's economic future.
The two localities are building a joint business park.
They hope to open it by the end of 1998-- around the same time DuPont
plans to close its Martinsville plant.
Officials are now focusing their efforts on high- tech industry--
believing that is the wave of the area's financial future.
((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: COMPUTER- ORIENTED, 21ST CENTURY,
GLOBAL-- ALL OF THESE TERMS COME INTO PLAY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT RE- BUILDING THE
ECONOMIC BASE OF THE COMMUNITY. ))
This tag team approach to economic development reflects the current
proposal to study a merger between the city and county.
Some believe the joint park will help gauge public opinion about
((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK THAT CERTAINLY, THE THINKING
ABOUT THESE THINGS ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THE FACTORS THAT ARE DRIVING THE MERGER
Each locality is investing a million dollars for the project.
And once the money rolls in, each will receive 50- percent of the
generated tax revenue.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THERE'S STILL MORE POSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS FOR THE
AREA. THE BRITISH COMPANY, APPLIED FELTS, LIMITED IS LOCATED ITS U-S OFFICE IN
HENRY COUNTY'S BOWLES INDUSTRIAL PARK-- BRINGING AROUND 10 NEW JOBS. KIMBERLY
MCBROOM, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY. ))
If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
That's the motto of Republican George Landrith who's taking another shot at
The same man who waged a bitter campaign with Democrat L-F Payne in 1994 is
THIS TIME toning down his rhetoric.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, he's no less firm in his beliefs.
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((GEORGE LANDRITH: AND HE CAN REST ASSURED, WHETHER IT'S ME OR SOMEONE ELSE,
THAT THERE WILL BE A STRONG CHALLENGE IN '96.))
OUT Q=challenge in '96.
As it turned out, it is George Landrith once again seeking the Fifth
District congressional seat... but without nemesis L.F. Payne on the other
Payne is stepping down after four terms, blaming, in part, the bitter
campaign he and Landrith waged in the final weeks of 1994.
For Landrith, who at that point had only served a short term on the
Albemarle County School Board, '94 was about getting his name out.
1996 is about winning.
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((GEORGE LANDRITH/R- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: ONE OF THE BIG DIFFERENCES IS
GOING TO BE THAT WE HAVE MORE NAME I-D. MY OPPONENT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO
HAVE A MILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND, EVEN THOUGH HE DOES HAVE A LOT OF PAC MONEY
THAT HE'S CASHED IN ON FROM HIS 23 YEARS IN THE STATE SENATE.))
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That's about as harsh as Landrith gets these days.
He's promised to wage a more positive campaign, and stops short of calling
his opponent Virgil Goode a tax- and- spend liberal... while at the same time
implying Goode and a Democratic Congress would wreak havoc on the taxpayer's
Part of the problem is Goode's reputation as a middle- of- the- road,
conservative Democrat...blurring the distinction between the two candidates.
IN Q=I think it
((GEORGE LANDRITH: I THINK IT MEANS I'VE GOT TO DO A GOOD JOB OF EXPLAINING THE
DIFFERENCES, THE DISTINCTIONS. AND AS I TOLD YOU, I DON'T HAVE ANY DESIRE TO
CAST LABELS, I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES AND WHERE I VOTED AND WHERE
HE'S VOTED, WHERE I STAND AND WHERE HE STANDS.))
OUT Q=where he stands.
Landrith says his campaign finances are healthy, but personally, he's taking
He's spent the past 18 months on the stump campaigning for other GOP
candidates or himself, so he's earned NO taxable income and has drained his
family's savings to finance his campaign.
But Landrith says the sacrifice has been worth it.
IN Q=Some of them
((LANDRITH: SOME OF THEM SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES, MOST OF THEM SACRIFICED THEIR
FORTUNES. THEY PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNES, THEIR SACRED HONOR TO MAKE
A DIFFERENCE AND TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM. AND IF I CAN'T DO IT AS WELL AS THEY
CAN, THEN I DON'T THINK I OUGHT TO BE ASKING FOR PEOPLE'S SUPPORT.))
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On Wednesday, News7 will talk with political maverick "Tex" Wood, who rounds
out the field of Fifth District candidates.
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
He's abolished parole, won longer sentences for criminals, and taken on
Now Governor George Allen's focusing on the rising tide of teen drug use.
Today, the Governor unveiled some legislative proposals for 1997.
IN Q=It is a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY AND A STATE
RESPONSIBILITY. IT'S BOTH. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS, JUST ONE OR THE OTHER
CAN SOLVE IT THEMSELVES.))
Among the proposals- Allen's pushing the prosecution of drug gangs together
instead of as separate defendants.
IN Q=The fact
((THE FACT THAT A WITNESS WILL HAVE TO TESTIFY OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE SAME
TRANSACTIONAL SITUATION WHERE THEY'RE GETTING THREATS TO THEMSELVES OR THERE'S
THREATS FROM THESE DRUG GANGS TO THEIR FAMILY IS I THINK UNNECESSARY. SO
THERE'S NO REASON WHY THEY CAN'T ALL BE TRIED TOGETHER IN THE SAME TRIAL.))
A bi-partisan committee of lawmakers is already studying Virginia drug laws.
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Up next on the newscast, Botetourt County school bus drivers consider taking
action against the school system,
and we'll see what happens when a driverless car decides to make a few
circles around the block.
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Passengers on Kiwi International Air Lines must now find another way to
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The New Jersey-based carrier is suspending flights at the
end of the day.
Kiwi has failed to find an outside investor to keep it running
through bankruptcy reorganization.
In a statement, the airline says it's still hoping to attract a buyer before
In the past few weeks Botetourt County school bus drivers met with education
officials... and even the superintendent.
They say they're doing more work this year and in some cases getting less
But no one's helped them in their plight.
This morning they vented their frustrations to the Botetourt County Board of
But like the school board and the superintendent, the SUPERVISORS could not
offer any financial support.
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((WENDY WINGO/BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THEIR PAY IS SET BY THE
SCHOOL BOARD ITSELF. WE SET A BUDGET. WE HAVE A SEVEN- ITEM BUDGET AND WE CAN
NOT CHANGE THAT. ONLY THE SCHOOL BOARD CAN. ))
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The bus drivers are now thinking about pooling their money... and hiring an
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Girls basketball highlights coming your way tonight from Moneta to Glenvar to
Vinton to Tunstall!
Plus, the Hokies open preseason hoop practice, and the baseball suspense
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And speaking of suspense, last night was Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and no
one had more to be thankful for than Ottawa Roughrider kick returner Kenny
Wilhite, who fields this blocked field goal deep in the endzone of the
elongated Canadian field, he will eventually take the ball 117 yards into the
other endzone for a TD!
Yes you heard me right a 117 yard return for a TD.
More stuff after this quick break
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We start our 4 game girls basketball highlight reel over in Vinton where the
Lady Terriers welcomed Rockbridge to town.
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It's not pretty when cats and dogs get together in the same arena. Richard
Thrasher's Lady Terriers were the top team last night.
Watch Sarah Moore penetrate and then dish to Erin Caldwell, who puts home
the shot for an early 5 po9int first half Byrd lead.
Susan Brown's Lady Wildcats never gave up though. April Staton gives to
Elizabeth Faulkner for two of her team high 9 points on the night.
But the lady Terriers deny Rockbridge it's first win of the season with a
In Seminole District action, Jefferson Forest made the long trek across 460
to Staunton River to battle the Lady Golden Eagles.
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Dawn Coleman's Lady Cavaliers are dominating the district and improved to
7 and 1 in the Seminole last night.
Melissa Mennick helped lead the charge with this second half baseline drive
for two of her game high 15 points on the evening.
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The Lady Eagles frustration showed in their 4 technical fouls!! on the night.
Scoring has been a problem...not this time as Stephanie Alexander snaps the
nylon, But Forest prevails 59-33.
Over in West Roanoke County last night the Glenvar Highlanders got an easy
three rivers win over Giles.
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The HIghlanders were hoping to have a good night on the hardwood and stub
their toe with Floyd coming to town on Thursday.
They would not disappoint head coach Dennis Layman as Amanda Kennedy scores
as the Lady Highlanders take control early.
The Highlanders turn up the heat with Erika Hale and roll to the 65-to-23 win
while Floyd beat Radford 73-to-46.
pinnacle full screen hometown hoops
Also, last night Northside beat Alleghany 43-to-38, and don't forget Steve
Mason will have this week's installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly coming your
way tonight on News 7 at five and 11.
Down in Dry Fork, Tunstall played host to Gretna in a Dogwood District
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Danny Turner had his Lady Trojans ready for action and they jumped out to
an early advantage.
Stephanie brumfield takes her time on this jumper and the patience paid off
as she nails the shot in the first quarter.
Robert Locust would not let his lady Hawks be grounded.
Kristy Crews steals the ball right underneath the iron and puts home the
deuce and Gretna tops Tunstall 63-56.
The Braves and Cardinals both took part in voluntary workout yesterday
afternoon at Fulton County stadium in preparation for game six of their series
The Braves will put Greg Maddux on the mound, and then Tom Glavine in game
seven, as they hope to become the first National League team to come back from
a 3-to-1 deficit and win a league championship series.
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The Yankees aren't just kicking back waiting on the winner of the NLCS,
because no matter which team advances they have a problem.
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Their pitchers, who haven't batted all season with the designated hitter
rule, will now have to take their turn at the plate, and yesterday a lot of
time was spent on the lost art of bunting.
((TIM RAINES/YANKEES OUTFIELDER:))
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OUT Q=...REPORT RIGHT NOW."
Darryl Strawberry got some good news yesterday, when X-rays showed his sore
right toe is not broken just bruised.
He will be ready for the Series opener on Saturday night.
Still to come on this Tuesday night, Bill Foster hops in the saddle for one
more ride with the Hokie
as college basketball practice opens across the country today.
The college basketball season began today all across the country, and March
Madness will be here before you know it.
Steve Mason was in Blacksburg today as Bill Foster and his Hokies stepped on
the court for the first time this Fall.
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The Miami Dolphins are on the road at Philadelphia this Sunday battling the
Eagles, but will Dan Marino be back leading the offense after breaking his
ankle less than month ago on September 25th?
Head coach Jimmy Johnson says, don't bet on it.
((JIMMY JOHNSON/MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH:))
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The Dallas Stars came into tonight's NHl action looking to remain the
league's only unbeaten and untied team.
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Tonight, the opponent was the Detroit Red Wings as the Stars tried to open
the season with six straight wins.
Sergie Zubov got the Stars rolling SUPER=31-Detroit/1/Dallas/3/3rd Period;
with this blast from the point and right now Dallas leads Detroit
3 to 1 in the third.
Tampa Bay beat Buffalo, Jersey topped Montreal and Chicago beat Toronto
tonight as well.
If you own an All Terrain Vehicle or Four wheeler- beware.
They're not only a hot item among among teens and hunters.
They're also a hot item among thieves.
Last week, six ATV's were stolen in Franklin and Henry County.
Authorities say most of the thefts occur at night.
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((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE FELT THAT HUNTING SEASON WAS A
GOOD TIME WITH THE PRESENT PROBLEM TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC OF THE RASH, THE
PROBLEM WE GOT AND ASK FOR THEIR COOPERATION, THEIR ALERTNESS AND ALSO ASK, IF
ANYONE'S GOT ANY INFORMATION, TO CONTACT ANY ONE OF OUR THREE AGENCIES. ))
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Authorities advise parking your ATV in a well lit area and write down its
The crime spree appears to be the work of an organized theft ring.
A father in Canada learns a tough lesson about leaving his kids alone in a
Somehow the 7 year old girl and five year old boy put the car into gear and
sent it circling wildly in reverse.
The kids were able to jump out but the car just kept on going- for more
than an hour- at one point coming dangerously close to a power source.
Finally the car blew a tire ann stopped on a neighbors lawn.