News 7 at Five is next-
The railroad wars are heating up. Norfolk Southern now says it wants to buy
Plus Young and the Restless stars are celebrating. We'll tell you why.
And look what October is bringing in some parts of the nation.
The forecast has skies clearing out and staying clear for our weekend.
I'll have all the weather details.
On Health Check, some good news for diabetics relying on daily injections
Plus, despite the fact have insurance-- it seems millions of Americans
still have trouble getting the health-care they need.
IN Q=THE OFFER
((THE OFFER WE HAVE MADE TODAY IS FOR 100-DOLLARS CASH UP FRONT FOR CONRAIL
SHAREHOLDERS. I'M SURE THEY WILL FIND IT MORE ATTRACTIVE.))
OUT Q=MORE ATTRACTIVE.
With that, Norfolk Southern tries to railroad a deal between C-S-X and
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's come down to a bidding war between two Virginia rail companies.
Last week Richmond based C-S-X announced plans to merge with Conrail.
But this morning.... Norfolk Southern brought up its proposal to derail the
Double Boxes Jean/Scott
Scott Prince has been tracking the story all day... and joins us from the
East End Shops with the latest.
Jean, Norfolk Southern will NOT stand idly by and let CSX buy out Conrail.
Instead it laid out a merger plan of its own.
N- S is offering an all cash buy out of Conrail stock at 100 dollars a
That's higher than the 92- 50 a share CSX proposed last week.
IN Q=A Norfolk (bite)
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern C.E.O.; :00
SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
OUT Q=in the coming months.
IN Q=A Norfolk
((DAVID GOODE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO: A NORFOLK SOUTHERN- CONRAIL COMBINATION IS
ONE THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR ALL OF THE CONSTITUENTS INVOLVED. IT'S GOOD FOR
CONRAIL SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD FOR NORFOLK SOUTHERN SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD
FOR THE SHIPPING PUBLIC BECAUSE IT OFFERS BALANCED COMPETITIVE SERVICE
THROUGHOUT THE EAST. ))
OUT Q=the east
Norfolk Southern officials say the proposed deal between CSX and Conrail
would monopolize rail service on the east coast.
Aside from the higher stock buy out price... the OVERALL deal proposed by N-
S is worth about billion dollars more than the one announced last week with
The choice is now up to Conrail... but if history is any indication, it will
take a while.
Most analysts expect a back and forth bidding war in the coming months.
If Norfolk Southern does win out and acquires Conrail, it opens up lots of
opportunities up north... specifically in the New York area.
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But Jean, if Norfolk Southern loses this bidding war, it could bring about
drastic and possibly detrimental changes to the local rail lines.
We'll explore that angle on News- 7 at six.
The O-J Simpson civil trial is now underway.
Already the jury is hearing about a piece of evidence that surfaced AFTER
the criminal trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Ronald Goldman's lawyer says a photo shows Simpson wearing the same type of
expensive shoes that it's believed the killer wore.
One big difference from the first trial is that Simpson is expected to
take the stand.
((DOUG MIRREL/ATTORNEY: SO THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME WE'LL HEAR HIS SIDE OF
THE STORY, HIS EXPLANATION FOR WHERE HE WAS AND WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW WELL THAT
HOLDS UP ON CROSS EXAMINATION.))
OUT Q=ON CROSS EXAMINATION."
And this time, Simpson's accusers are the victims families- the estate of
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman's father and mother.
A 42-year old Northwest Roanoke man was fatally shot in the head by his
wife early this morning.
Garret Wayne Cunningham and Rhonda Banks Cunningham were arguing at their
home on 10th Street.
She told police she went to get a gun once the argument began, because of
"violence in the past."
At first she put the weapon to her own head out of frustration.
When she lowered it, her husband lunged for the gun, and it went off. The
bullet struck him in the head.
He died at the hospital.
The mother of five has not been charged, but the investigation is not over.
The trial for a Halifax County man accused of killing three people is
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./November 1995;
Raleigh Dean Martin was arrested last November for killing his wife, Marion.
The bodies of 32-year old Joseph Siffert, Junior and his girlfriend were
also discovered in a nearby home.
Authorities say the couple had been shot to death in the presence of their
Martin, who's charged with Capital murder, was in court this morning for a
The Judge agreed to allocate five thousand dollars so Martin's attorney can
hire a private investigator.
IN Q=We have
((CHARLIE COSBY/MARTIN'S ATTORNEY:WE HAVE A VERY GOOD INVESTIGATOR UP IN
RICHMOND WHO WAS A FORMER FBI AGENT, WHO CAN INVESTIGATE, TALK TO WITNESSES,
AND GIVE US A REALLY GOOD OVERVIEW OF THE CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Cosby/Martin's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=of the case.
Martin's attorneys were hoping to have the trial delayed, but the Judge is
pushing to have the case heard in early December.
A tractor-trailer smashed through a Montgomery County water pumping station
The accident happened around 11 at the pumping station on Pepper's Ferry
It's owned by the Blacksburg, Christiansburg V-P-I water authority.
Since it's a booster station, they were able to bypass it and pump water
into the two towns.
However, a few customers in the Belmont Farms area may have temporarily lost
No word yet on any injuries, or the amount of damage.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Ellen Qualls tells us about one of
the questions voters will see on the ballot involving churches...
But first the ferocious fires continue to blacken Southern California...
firefighters are hoping to get the upper hand.
On Health Check, some worrisome news for acne sufferers.
It appears the skin condition is building up drug resistance-- making it
harder than ever to treat.
Plus Steve has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
A full report from the hardwoods--don;t go away.
Southern California firefighters
are getting a boost from weaker winds and higher humidity.
Wildfires in four counties are still burning out of control, but
crews hope to have the biggest one contained tonight-
That's in Carlsbad where the most homes have been lost.
When you go into the voting booth on November 5th to pick a President and
Senator -- be prepared to answer yes or no on more ballot questions than
Virginia's ever seen.
Four are fairly self-explanatory.
But the fifth is raising some eyebrows.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with some background on whether
churches should be allowed to incorporate.
LIVE=Ellen full via State Microwave;
Jean, 48 other states allow it.
But Virginia's slow to change.
The ballot question was requested by some churches who felt judges were
arbitrary in their approval of some business activities like buying or selling
IN Q=But when
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :06
OUT Q=enacted today.
But when the General Assembly approved it twice to get it on the ballot this
fall, another argument was popular.
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: CURRENTLY CHURCHES ARE DEEMED TO BE
UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS. AND BY THAT, THERE EXISTS A POSSIBILITY THAT ALL
THE MEMBERS OF THAT ORGANIZATION, I.E. ALL THE CHURCH-GOERS, PARISHIONERS COULD
BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOME OTHER MEMBER FOR SOME TORT THAT
OCCURRED ON THE CHURCH PROPERTY. AND THAT'S NOT FAIR. INCORPORATION WOULD
TAKE CARE OF THAT.))
Former state Senator Hunter Andrews opposed it -- worrying that individuals
could incorporate as a church to extort money under the guise of religious
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: WELL THE STATE WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO BE VIGILANT IN
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ABUSING THE PROCESS. THAT'S TRUE WITH MOST OF
THE LAWS WE HAVE ENACTED TODAY.))
The number one concern church leaders themselves have is government
interference into religion -- or as a legal memorandum from The Rutherford
Institute says "many churches find incorporation in conflict with their
religious beliefs regarding the Sovereignty of God" over their church.
double boxes jean/ellen
So the referendum is written to allow NOT force churches to incorporate.
The ownership of the Dumas Hotel continues to stir controversy for Roanoke
Today, speakers asked council to reconsider its decision forgiving a 212-
thousand dollar loan to Total Action Against Poverty.
TAP owns the Henry Street Music Center, but some Roanoke residents believe
the building should be returned to its former owners.
IN Q=To know the present
SUPER=07-Bishop Spencer Manns;
OUT Q=set the record straight.
Council did not reconsider the vote, but members expressed their hope that
the controversy can be addressed by the Henry Street Committee.
Stick around-- we showed you the California fires, now how about another
one of Mother Nature's tricks-- A record breaking October snow in Kansas City.
stocks bump next
Forget the fall in Kansas City--
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO
13:11:21 snow stuff
People are digging out after a surprise storm dumped as much as eight
inches of snow.
The snowfall broke a 98-year old record for the most snow on any October day
in the city.
It left a mess for residents this morning-- people took to their driveways
with shovels and many had to clear away tree branches downed during the storm.
Warmer temperatures are melting much of the snow... but people are still
feeling the effects: loss of power, school closings, and difficult driving.
More storms are predicted for the Kansas City area this weekend--
thunderstorms that is.
SUPER=330-Clearing/& Breezy/40-45/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/66-70;
SUPER=331-Gradual Clearing/& Breezy/42-46/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/66-70;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/& Cool/38-42/Mostly/Sunny/60-65;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/38-42/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/60-65;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/& Chilly/38-42/Mostly/Sunny/60-65;
health music under
Who's hot when it comes to girl's basketball in the region-- a full wrapup
in this week's Hometown Hoops.
On Health Check, the latest study looking at ACCESS to health care--
It's found that nearly one out of every three adults in this country have
experienced major problems with their coverage in the past year.
IN Q=Our paper
((OUR PAPER ANSWERS VERY CLEARLY THAT IN THE MINDS OF THESE PEOPLE, THIS IS A
CRISIS. IN THE MINDS OF POLITICAL FIGURES, THE PEOPLE IN SOCIETY WHO HAVE TO
SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, I THINK IT'S
STILL AN OPEN QUESTION. ))
OUT Q=still an open question.
health bump next
In the New River Valley, public health officials are investigating an
increase of cases of Legionnaire's Disease.
The influenza-like condition involves acute pneumonia-- and it can be
It's usually caused by environmental factors like contaminated air
conditioning cooling towers, or moist soil.
It's NOT spread person to person.
Three people in the New River Valley have been diagnosed with the disease--
with no apparent connection between them.
At the same time, authorities are trying to figure out if an increase in
pneumonia cases in the district is in any way related.
Some 60-million Americans now either have problems getting medical care,
or problems in paying their health care bills.
And many of them DO have health insurance.
That's according to a new survey in the Journal of the American Medical
And of course, those without health insurance and those with serious health
problems suffer most.
IN Q=We have this
((DR. KAREN DONELAN/SURVEY CHIEF: WE HAVE THIS IMPRESSION THAT PEOPLE WHO
DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, SOMEHOW WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, SOMEHOW WILL GET CARE.
ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE SICK. IN OUR STUDY, 75 PERCENT-- THAT IS THREE OUT OF
FOUR PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE WHO SAY THEY ARE IN POOR HEALTH--
SAY THERE WAS A TIME IN THE PAST YEAR WHEN THEY COULDN'T GET THE MEDICAL CARE
THEY NEEDED. THAT'S AN ASTONISHING NUMBER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Karen Donelan/Survey Chief; :
OUT Q=astonishing number.
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
High costs and lack of coverage from employers are the main reasons
37-million people are uninsured.
The survey went beyond compiling numbers...it also collected more than a
thousand personal stories.
IN Q=This man who
((THIS MAN WHO WAS UNINSURED AND HIS WIFE WAS ALSO UNINSURED, THEY HAD TRIED TO
GET A MAMMOGRAM FOR HER AND SHE HAD BEEN UNABLE TO GET ONE BECAUSE OF THE
INSURANCE. HE THEN TOLD US THEY FINALLY DIAGNOSED BREAST CANCER, AND BY THE
TIME THEY DIAGNOSED IT, IT WAS TOO LATE TO GET TREATMENT THAT COULD CURE HER.
AND SHE EVENTUALLY DIED OF THAT DISEASE.))
OUT Q=of that disease.
The survey also reveals that one in six of those who are insured still have
problems getting medical care, and paying their bills.
Out of pocket costs of co-payments and deductibles are the main reasons.
A hockey puck-sized pump implanted in the abdomen is showing promise as a
way to deliver insulin to adult-onset diabetic patients.
Right now, many adult diabetics must rely on daily injections of insulin.
But a study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine finds the pump,
which can hold enough insulin for one to three months, can free patients from
The device is still being perfected-- and has not yet been approved by the
GRAPHIC=health check bug
Acne affects some 17-million Americans, the majority of them ages 17-to-25.
While over-the-counter products may control some forms of acne, a visit to
a Dermatologist and prescription antibiotics are sometimes needed for more
But according to a recent study at the University of Leeds in England,
bacteria contributing to acne have developed strains that resist treatment by
many commonly used antibiotics-- both those taken orally and applied to the
IN Q=About one in
((DR. WILLIAM CUNLIFFE/UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS: ABOUT ONE IN FIVE PATIENTS WITH
ACNE WILL HAVE RESISTANT BACTERIA. WE'VE SHOWN THAT THE BACTERIA DEVELOPED INTO
WHAT'S CALLED MUTANTS.THIS MEANS THAT THIS BACTERIA, ONCE ESTABLISHED, BE
SUPER=01-Dr. William Cunliffe/University of Leeds; :
OUT Q=be permanent.
***Connie AUDIO ON CART****
The study found, however, that the prescription medicine Benzamycin,
which uses the combined therapy of Benzoyl Peroxide and the antibiotic
Erythromycin, prevents more resistant bacteria from growing as compared with
using the antibiotic alone.
IN Q=By the year
((DR. WILLIAM CUNLIFFE/UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS: BY THE YEAR 2000, WE MAY HAVE
SIMPLY NO GOOD SAFE ANTIBIOTICS WITH WHICH TO TREAT ACNE AND THAT REALLY WILL
BE QUITE A DISASTER. ))
OUT Q=quite a disaster.
Experts recommend that patients avoid using topical and oral antibiotics
Time now for sports-- and the girls basketball season is wrapping up.
Mike Stevens joins us to tell us who's on top.
Good afternoon, plenty of girls basketball to talk about
SS=Hometown Hoops Weekly full screen
so lets get to it. Steve Mason takes us to 8 different schools ranging from
Lord Botetourt to Floyd Co in this addition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Vikings vs. Indians; :13
SUPER=01-Marilyn Bussey/Northside Head Coach; :27
SUPER=03-Daleville/Wildcats vs. Cavaliers; :34
SUPER=01-Sarah Hicks/District Scoring Leader; :40
SUPER=01-Mickey McGuigan/Blacksburg Head Coach; :57
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; 1:07
SUPER=01-Dawn Coleman/Jefferson Forest Head Coach; 1:20
SUPER=01-Megan Forster/Three Rivers Scoring Leader; 1:47
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 1:58
SUPER=01-Amy Layman/All State Softball Selection; 2:05
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops weekly"
((DISTRICT TOURNAMENT ACTION BEGINS IN JUST 12 DAYS FOR THE BLUE RIDGE. LORD
BOTETOURT AND NORTHSIDE ARE TIED FOR THE DISTRICT LEAD WITH 3 LEAGUE GAMES
The Vikings and Cavaliers are on a collision course to play for the district
regular season crown next Tuesday. BUT Marilyn Bussey and David Wheat must keep
their teams focussed on tomorrow night's games against Salem and Byrd - two
Blacksburg and Christiansburg are a combined 6 and 15 in district play most of
the way through their first year in the Blue Ridge, but the coaches like what
Whose hot in Double AA?? To name a few, Staunton River's Crystal English is
averaging about 12 points a game.
Jefferson Forest's Dawn Coleman goes 10 deep, but counts heavily on Melinda
Minnick, the teams leading scorer, who averages about 15 points a game.
IN SINGLE A, WE'VE TEMPORARILY LOST A GREAT KING FROM THE COACHING RANKS,
RADFORD HEAD COACH BRENDA KING HAS LEFT HER POST TO FOCUS ON HER FAMILY, WE
HOPE SHE RETURNS SOON. RICK CORMINY IS HER REPLACEMENT.
No one can replace Shawsville as the top scorer in the Three rivers. Her 23
points per game average is still #1.
Floyd's Sara Conner is the 5th leading district scorer at 14 points a pop.
The Three Rivers will lose one of it's stars next year - to softball.
Glenvar's Amy Layman has decided to play her first love at Roanoke College.
WEEK 9 IS IN THE BOOKS, NEXT WEEK, OUR HALLOWEEN SPECIAL AND YOU WON'T WANT
TO MISS THAT!! STEVE MASON, HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY.))
And continuing with the ladies night theme on this edition of the two minute
SUPER=03-New York; :00
Rebecca Lobo and Sheryl Swoopes became the first players to sign with the new
The former college players of the year, will anchor the league that plans to
begin play in June of 1997.
Eight teams will make the up the league and the season will last just over 2
More sports at six-- See you then.
take a break
If you know what Victor Newman and the Abbotts are up to- you're not alone.
They're characters on The Young and the Restless.
The show is celebrating six-thousand episodes.
It was March of 1973 that Y and R first began.
((NAT SOUND OF SETTING HAIR BRUSH DOWN. WOMAN: I'M SO RESTLESS.))
SUPER=04-The Young & The Restless - 1973;
OUT Q=I'M SO RESTLESS."
Some stars have come and gone, but actor Eric Braden's been playing tycoon
Victor Newman for 16 years-
Genoa City Half Brothers Shamar Moore and Kristoff St. John clowned around
about fan mail.
((HE GETS A WHOLE LOT MORE FAN MAIL. NO. HE'S THE MAN. NO HE'S THE MAN. ))
OUT Q=HE'S THE MAN (SECOND TIME)
The number one daytime drama airs on Your Hometown Station weekdays at
Tonight at six our trip down Interstate 81 takes us to Giles County for the
latest in our series on political candidates.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/Keith
There we'll meet political newcomer Patrick Muldoon.
Jean, the republican is trying to unseat the Ninth district's long time
incumbent Rick Boucher.
At 31, Patrick Muldoon says he's in touch with the ideas and values of the
The engineer is taking a semester off from law school to campaign for the
He says his conservative platform is exactly the change voters want.
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/JEAN
Denise Allen profiles Muldoon tonight at six.
We'll be looking for that story Keith.
Plus the region's first AND only local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime
tonight at 10 on WEFC.