Coming up in a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A multi- Billion dollar deal between C-S-X and Conrail leaves out
We define the terms of a merger that creates the world's largest freight
And we'll see just how much of their OWN money the Senate candidates are
spending on the campaign.
Tonight in sports, the Pack is back but Brooks is out, Steve Mason reports on
the Hokies unsung defensive fill-ins,
And just to make sure hockey, football, and baseball don't get lonely,
college basketball practice began today across the country.
We'll check in with Bill Foster and Ace Custis.
Monday's weather was so nice, a return engagement is in our Wednesday
forecast. Details coming up.
C-S-X and Conrail have surprised the rail industry by announcing a merger
valued at eight BILLION dollars.
The deal will likely have little impact on our area in the short term, but
there may eventually be a reaction from
N-S employs close to 35 hundred people in southwest and central Virginia, as
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Len Besthoff is at the C-S-X terminal in Clifton Forge.
Len, these consolidations are the big thing in the rail industry, now.
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(Keith question: So why was this such a surprise?)
Christiansburg police say they have physical evidence to indicate James
Reid, a handy man, probably assaulted 90 year- old Annie Lester sexually.
Lester's body was found inside her home Saturday. An autopsy revealed she
was beaten and repeatedly stabbed across her body.
Today a judge appointed a lawyer to represent Reid, who so far is charged
ONLY with murder.
In an affidavit to search Reid's home, investigator Barry O'Rourke wrote
that the wounds on Lester's chest, and a large amount of blood on the chest
area of REID'S jacket are consistent with a sexual assault.
O'Rourke also wrote that the condition of the bedroom where Lester lay dead
was consistent with sexual assault as well.
Forensics tests will have to determine if she was in fact raped.
Wipe wipe wipe
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Also in Christiansburg, jury selection began today in the trial of 28 year-
old Ben Lilly.
Lilly is accused of CAPITAL murder, abduction, carjacking, robbery and five
related firearms charges stemming from the death of a Virginia Tech student.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./December 6; Alexander DeFilippis disappeared from
the parking lot of a Blacksburg convenience store last December. He was found
shot to death in a remote section of Montgomery County.
The defendant's brother Mark Lilly, who's also charged in the crime is
expected to testify against Ben.
A third defendant, Gary Barker is also expected to provide crucial state
testimony as a condition of his earlier plea bargain.
Mark Warner may or may NOT pull off a come- from- behind win in his bid for
the U-S Senate.
But he has already made history.
The Democrat has contributed more than five million dollars of his own money
to his campaign, as of two weeks ago.
NO Virginia candidate has ever spent even a million of his or her own money.
By September 30th, Republican John Warner had raised over 2-point-2 million
NONE of that came from his own personal fortune.
John Warner has accused Mark Warner of trying to "buy" a Senate seat.
A spokesman for Mark Warner points out John Warner only had about 66-
thousand dollars still on hand September 30th, with more than a month before
The spokesman says that's poor planning on John Warner's part.
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Senator John Warner says he is "completely satisfied" that members of his
staff knew nothing of a doctored photograph, before the controversy broke last
The republican incumbent came under fire after a photo in a campaign
commercial was altered, placing Mark Warner's head on Chuck Robb's body.
John Warner fired a campaign consultant and apologized, and now says he is
trying to move on.
IN Q=What is his position
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: WHAT IS HIS POSITION ON TAXES? DOES HE WANT TO
PROVIDE ANY TAX RELIEF FOR VIRGINIA VOTERS? WHAT IS HIS POSITION ON A STRONG
NATIONAL DEFENSE? HERE'S A MAN WHO HAS NEVER HAD A DAY OF HIS LIFE SPENT ON
NATIONAL DEFENSE. YOU NOTICE HE JUST CAN'T GET AWAY FROM THIS ISSUE BECAUSE
IT'S THE ONLY THING HE KNOWS TO TALK ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John Warner/(R) Virginia;
OUT Q=he knows how to talk about.
Mark Warner has kept up the attack with his own television commercials
challenging the integrity of John Warner's campaign.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
A profile of the Congressional candidate who says he's going broke, running for
and A-T-V owners beware:
law enforcers in two counties in our area say your vehicle is "hot" property.
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Nine Campbell County elementary school students were sent to the hospital
after a car hit their school bus this morning.
State police say a van struck the back of the bus as it stopped to pick up a
passenger on Crossway Drive.
The driver of the van told police he was blinded by the sun and could not
stop in time.
Nine of the 56 children on board were shaken up by the crash.
They were treated and released from Lynchburg General Hospital.
NO charges will be filed.
He came within a three-point swing of defeating a heavily- favored incumbent
in 1994, and now Republican George Landrith is back... gunning for the Fifth
District's congressional seat.
In our continuing series of candidate profiles, we talked with Landrith
about his second campaign, his family sacrifices and the difficulties of trying
to out-conservative a conservative Democrat.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=And he can
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SUPER=04-May 11; :1:01
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
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IN Q=And he can
((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.
IN Q=One of the
((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.))
OUT Q=the state senate.
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.))
OUT Q=people's support.
On Wednesday, News7 will talk with political maverick "Tex" Wood, who rounds
out the field of Fifth District candidates.
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
After yesterday's record setting session the stock market was off a bit
The Dow dropped about five points, closing still above the six thousand mark,
at six- thousand- five.
NASDAQ set another record, with a gain of two points today.
All terrain vehicles or "four wheelers" are a COSTLY but popular form of
Authorities say they're also a magnet for thieves-- possibly an organized
Last week six were reported stolen in Henry and Franklin Counties.
Authorities are urging residents to write down the serial number and to park
their vehicles in a well lit area.
Four wheelers are popular among teenagers-- as well as farmers and hunters.
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((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE WANT TO MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE
THAT WE ARE, THAT WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS, WE'RE INVESTIGATING THIS
USING ALL RESOURCES AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS OTHER AGENCIES IN THE AREA, SUCH AS
STATE POLICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES. ))
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OUT Q=inland fisheries.
Four wheelers cost anywhere from three to 65- hundred dollars.
Local crime stoppers is offering a reward for information.
Botetourt County school bus drivers have been forced to yield to local
officials yet again.
For a few weeks now, they've complained about their low wages and lack of
health benefits... but to no avail.
This morning the drivers were on the agenda at the Botetourt County Board of
But they were told by board members that nothing could be done.
Apparently the funds they're looking for can only come from the school
budget... and all of THAT money has been allocated.
The bus drivers feel like they're getting pushed around.
IN Q=We can not
((BARBARA HELMS/BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: WE CAN NOT KEEP LETTING
THEM PUS ON THE LOWER END OF THE TOTEM POLL. WE JUST CAN'T ALLOW THIS. WE JUST
KEEP GETTING SLAPPED DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Helms/Bus Driver;
OUT Q=slapped down
A few weeks ago, the bus drivers threatened to strike if their demands were
And now they're looking to get legal counsel.
Coming up tonight in sports, We'll take a look back at the longest field goal
ever in an NFL overtime period, plus, the opening day of college basketball
practice at Tech,
And Steve Mason with an up close look at Tech's new unsung defensive unit
that excels even when the stars are on the sideline.
College basketball practice for Division one schools tipped off around the
country today, and in Blacksburg, where Bill Foster is again molding together
some young talent.
Foster, who is retiring at the end of the season, gave his final opening day
speech just before the start of practice today.
And his final season will be spent developing the Hokies next generation of
IN Q="It's great...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=...ready to go."
Tech lost four starters that accounted for over 40 points a game last season.
So, expect Ace Custis, who is still recovering from knee surgery, to carry
much of the load once he's back on the court in two weeks.
IN Q="There is...
((ACE CUSTIS/VA. TECH SENIOR FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Va. Tech Senior Forward;
OUT Q=...the team win."
The Roanoke College Maroons won't be starting up their preseason practices
for a few more days, but already they are in the spotlight.
Two preseason polls including the Sporting News have picked the Maroons
second in the nation, while another has them picked as third best.
The green bay Packers beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-to-20 in overtime last
night in a game that didn't end until after 12:30am.
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Place Kicker Chris Jacke, who had already kicked four field goals to keep the
Packers in the game, booted this 53 yarder, the longest kick ever in overtime
to lift the Packers to an exhausting, Emotionally draining 23-to-20 win.
IN Q="What can...
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...OF A BALL GAME."
Unfortunately, the Packers lost Robert Brooks for the season with a knee
injury on this play.
Terry Kirby also hurt his ankle late in the fourth quarter, but he was able
to run off the field under his own power.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are enjoying yet another off date this week before
they face Pitt in their fifth Big East game of the season.
And while the time off gives the team a chance to nurse some injuries, Steve
Mason says the new Tech defense is a unit that never stands still.
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:20
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; 1:30
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Atlanta Braves are back and home and back in the hunt for another trip to
the World Series.
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Last night they hammered the Cardinals 14-to-nothing to cut St. Louis's lead
in the best of seven series to 3 games to 2.
Game six is tomorrow night with Greg Maddux facing Donovan Osborne.
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A reminder--we'll have a complete wrap up of today's news, sports and
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tonight on News 7 Prime Time at 10 pm on W-E-F-C--you can check your cable
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