Calmer winds may help California firefighters get raging wildfires under
And Norfolk Southern is hoping to derail C-S-X'S proposed purchase of
Don't go away, the News is next.
Norfolk Southern is hoping to derail a planned merger between C- S- X and
This morning N- S offered 8- point- 1 Billion dollars for Conrail...
considerably higher than the C- S- X proposal last week.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Newsroom
Scott Prince has been following the story all morning... and he now joins us
from the newsroom with an update.
Melanie, the bidding war is definitely on.
Norfolk Southern officials say they were very disappointed when the merger
between Conrail and C-S-X was announced.
They believe they were not given a fair opportunity to offer a merger plan
of their own.
They also say THAT deal would monopolize the rail industry in the eastern
half of the United States.
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IN Q=CSX and Conrail
((DAVID GOODE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO: CSX AND CONRAIL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL MARKET
OVERLAP AND A COMBINATION OF THEIR 2 FRANCHISES WOULD CREATE A COMPANY WITH
NEARLY 70 PERCENT OF THE TRAFFIC HANDLED BY CARRIERS IN THE EASTERN RAIL
OUT Q=rail market
Scott's mic hot
Norfolk Southern is offering to buy up Conrail stock for 100 dollars a
To put it in perspective... the offer that C- S- X made is 92- 50 a share.
Overall, the Norfolk Southern proposal is worth about 1- Billion dollars
N- S officials won't speculate at this point on the future of individual
But we can tell you, a deal with Conrail would most definitely open up a
world of opportunity for Norfolk Southern... most notably in the New York area.
What that would mean for South Western Virginia remains to be seen.
Obviously, the ball is in Conrail's court at this moment.
And of course, no matter which deal
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Newsroom
it will have to gain approval of the Federal government and shareholders.
((QUESTION: Scott, did Norfolk Southern give any kind of time frame for the
It did Melanie.
Norfolk Southern hopes to start buying Conrail shares beginning early next
year... and it hopes the deal will be complete by the end of 19-97.
That, however may be wishful thinking at this point.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Newsroom
Of course Melanie, it's also important to note that some sort of three way
agreement between the rail companies is not out of the realm of possibility.
In Southern California today, diminishing winds are helping firefighters
control wildfires that have burned 35-thousand acres, more than 100 hundred
homes and 6 firefighters.
Dave Fehling reports from Malibu.
11:30 WINDOW FEHLING
SUPER=03-Malibu, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Arnie Harner/Home Owner; :24
SUPER=03-Carlsbad, CA; :46
SUPER=03-Big Sur, CA; 1:04
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q=cbs news Malibu.
Rings of fire are still scorching the hillsides of malibu... but only
about a half dozen houses have been destroyed so far thanks in part to the
coordinated efforts of firefighters. fire officials learned from mistakes
made during 1993 when firestorms destroyed dozens of homes....
New plans call for firefighters to concentrate on saving property... and
those efforts have paid off.
ARNIE HARNER, HOME OWNER
WHEN WE GOT HERE, I SAID I THINK IT'S STANDING... THERE WAS A FIRE CREW
DEFENDING IT. THEY SAID, 'YEARH, WE SAVED IT. PRAISE THE LORD."
Six firefighters were badly burned yesterday in a malibu canyon when
they were overcome by flames in their stalled fire truck. one of the men
has burns over 70 percent of his body.
Carlsbad in san diego county is where most of the homes have been lost.
crews are making headway there as winds diminish today. forecasters are
calling for winds of just ten to twenty mph ... and even less wind by
And wild fires continue to rage out of control in northern california
as well. fire officials thought the blaze near big sur was contained, but the
flames have fought back the efforts of the 600 firefighters still battling
governor pete wilson has declared a state of emergency in san diego,
orange and los angeles counties... he's asked president clinton for a federal
delaration to enable victims to qualify for aid.))
A nine- year- old boy is being blamed for a fire that has left 100 people
homeless in Rhode Island.
Fire investigators in Providence say the boy set a fire in vacant factory
building last night.
The blaze then quickly spread to nearby homes.
The boy has confessed to starting the fire and is now in police custody.
At least 23 people are dead after a cargo plane crashed into a neighborhood
Radio reports say the plane's three American crew members, were killed along
with 20 people on the ground.
A hospital official says at least 20 people are being treated for critical
The reports say the Boeing 7-0-7 flew out of Miami and was carrying a cargo
of frozen fish.
A middle-aged couple in northwest Roanoke got into an argument before dawn
She says she wound up shooting him in the head by accident.
Rhonda Banks Cunningham 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, 42- year- old Garret Wayne Cunningham 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.
A key witness named Ben Lilly as the triggerman in court yesterday.
Gary Wayne Barker was with Lilly and Lilly's brother the night a Virginia
Tech student was carjacked and killed.
The body of Alexander Defillipis was found in the Whitethorn area of
He had been shot four times.
Barker is already serving 53 years in prison for his part in the murder.
Almost in tears, he told the court it was Ben Lilly who pulled the trigger.
IN Q=He told
((GARY BARKER/WITNESS: HE TOLD MARK TO GIVE HIM THE PISTOL BACK. HE GOT OUT OF
THE CAR. RAN UP TO HIM. TURNED HIM AROUND AND SHOT HIM. ))
OUT Q=shot him
Barker went on to testify that he and the Lilly brothers then robbed a
couple of convenience stores that night.
He's expected to be back on the stand today for cross examination.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Some Virginia Lawmakers say they want to be more responsible for their
The jury is set, and the O-J Simpson Civil Trial is getting underway today.
But first, let's check in with Patrick in the weathercenter.
music up full
The pentagon will try to contact more than twenty thousand Gulf War
veterans who may have been exposed to chemical weapons.
In March of 19-91, at the peak of the Persian Gulf War U-S troops destroyed
an ammunition depot in southern Iraq.
The explosion sent a huge white cloud into the air.
That cloud may have contained chemical nerve gas.
((KENNETH BACON, PENTAGON SPOKESMAN:WE'VE DECIDED THAT, AFTER LOOKING AT THE
FACTS, THAT IT WOULD BE BEST TO GO OUT AND TO AGGRESSIVELY REACH OUT TO THESE
20,000 PEOPLE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE THINK WERE IN A 50 KILOMETER RADIUS OF
SUPER=01-Kenneth Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=and examinations.
In a letter that will be mass mailed, Pentagon officials say they will ask
veterans who might have been exposed to report their medical problems.
Exposure to a low level of nerve gas is considered one possible cause of
Gulf War syndrome.
Opening statements begin today in
what is being billed as the "Sequel of the Century" -- O.J. Simpson's civil
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
A new set of jurors will be asked to decide if Simpson killed his ex-wife
Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.
This time the jury will be told to rule against Simpson if they find
51 percent of the evidence points toward guilt.
Simpson will also have to take the witness stand.
(( DOUG MIRREL/ATTORNEY:SO THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME WE WILL HEAR HIS
SIDE OF THE STORY, HIS EXPLANATION OF WHERE HE WAS AND WE'LL HAVE
TO SEE HOW WELL THAT HOLDS UP ON CROSS EXAMINATION. ))
OUT Q= up on cross examination.
If found guilty Simpson would face only monetary damages.
He can not be sent to jail.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia's General Assembly is trying to change its image.
A legislative subcommittee is recommending changes to a law that granted
immunity from arrest to lawmakers during the winter legislative session.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING
PHYSICALLY INCARCERATED FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANORS. THAT THEY CAN BE CHARGED
WITH A SUMMONS OR A WARRANT OR INDICTED DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION SO THAT
THE PROCESS WILL GO FORWARD TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT NOBODY
IS IMMUNE FROM THEIR CRIMINAL CONDUCT BECAUSE OF SERVICE IN THE GENERAL
The immunity law came under close scrutiny earlier this year when Suffolk
Delegate Robert Nelms used it as a defense for an indecent exposure charge.
Nelms ended up pleading GUILTY.
Children were Jeff Grey's focus yesterday.
The sixth district Congressional Candidate called for an expansion of the
Head Start Program.
Speaking with reporters outside of the Salem Head Start Center, Grey said
the program has worked well, and should be expanded to include all of the
children who are eligible.
Yesterday, he charged that republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte voted to cut
funding for the program.
IN Q=He went to Washington D.C.
((JEFF GREY/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: HE WENT TO WASHINGTON D.C. AND VOTED FOR
BILL NUMBER 2127 WHICH REDUCED FUNDING FOR HEAD START BY 137- MILLION DOLLARS.
IF THAT BILL WOULD HAVE PASSED HE WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE ABILITY OF 48-
THOUSAND CHILDREN TO CONTINUE GOING TO HEAD START.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Grey/(D) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=going to Head Start.
A spokesman for Goodlatte says the incumbent has been a consistent
supporter of Head Start, most recently voting for a budget that included a 31-
million dollar increase for the program.
Running against Grey and Goodlatte is the Libertarian candidate Jay
His new radio ad is turning heads.
It sounds like a phone sex ad.
But the commercial has a political theme.
The ad is a parody of phone sex commercials, with a character named Candy
who suggestively discusses Republican and Democratic campaign promises.
A Libertarian Party official said Rutledge's message is on target -- but it
prefers a more conservative presentation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
The Virginia Transportation Museum shifts its capital campaign into high
You need a four wheeler if you live in Kansas City. Parts of the midwest
are experiencing a record breaking snowfall.
Fire shut down a lexington homeless shelter two years ago, but it's slated
to reopen sometime next month.
As Eric Earnhart reports, the experience only served to strengthen the
owner of Gladys House.
IN Q=For Gladys Steele
SUPER=04-December 25, 1994; :12
SUPER=01-Gladys Steele/Gladys House Founder; :20
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( FOR GLADYS STEELE, LIFE HAS BEEN A TEST OF FAITH LATELY. 10 YEARS AGO SHE
CREATED THIS HOMELESS SHELTER... THINGS STARTED GOING BAD TWO YEARS AGO,
EARLY CHRISTMAS DAY,
AN ELECTRICAL FIRE BROKE OUT. STEELE AND ALL FIVE SHELTER RESIDENTS ESCAPED,
BUT THE SECOND FLOOR SHELTER ITSELF WAS A CHARRED WRECK.
IN Q=everything went fine
((GLADYS STEELE/GLADYS HOUSE FOUNDER;EVERYTHING WENT FINE UNTIL WE HAD THE
FIRE, THEN WE HAD THE FLOOD.))
OUT Q=had the flood
THE FLOOD HIT A FEW MONTHS LATER, AS STEELE WAS STILL TRYING TO RE-OPEN THE
SHELTER UPSTAIRS, RUINING THE FURNACE AND THE CARPET DOWNSTAIRS.
IN Q=when I came out
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; WHEN I CAME OUT IT WAS LIKE COMING OUT THE
BACK DOOR INTO A BIG ISLAND. THE WHOLE PLACE WAS WATER.))
OUT Q=whole place was water
Steele went back to work again. With the help of volunteers and insurance,
the house has been repaired literally from top to bottom.
She's still short on supplies like towels and linens, but she plans to
re-open the shelter November first.
IN Q=this is my work
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; THIS IS MY WORK, THIS IS MY MINISTRY, AND UH,
WE HAVE ALL THESE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE
THEM IN LIFE, AND I DON'T THINK YOU BACK DOWN, I THINK YOU PICK UP AND PRAY
ABOUT IT AND GO ON.))
OUT Q=and go on
When homeless people once again check into Gladys House... they'll find
their host is a person who's been there, and knows how to come out on top.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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A large donation rolled in to the Virginia Museum of Transportation last
The gift came from the National Railway Historical Society Roanoke Chapter.
At last night's fundraiser it presented the museum a check for more than
IN Q=It'll help our organization
((RICHARD SHELL/NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: IT'LL HELP OUR
ORGANIZATION TO REALIZE THAT OUR MEMBERS ARE STILL ACTIVE IN THE HISTORICAL
ASPECTS OF OUR MISSION. PLUS, THE MONEY WE RAISE WILL GO TO THE MUSEUM
DIRECTLY AND WILL HELP THEM IMPROVE THEIR IMAGE. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Shell/National Railway Historical Society;
OUT Q=improve their image
Shell says the city matches every dollar the historical society raises.
He says the 12-thousand dollar gift will go toward an 813-thousand dollar
bond issue for the museum.
IN Q=What you'll see in
((KAY HOUCK/TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM EXEC. DIR.: WHAT YOU'LL SEE IN 1997 IS WE
WILL BE RENOVATING THE FRONT OF THE FACILITY, WHICH IS VERY EXCITING. WE'LL
HAVE THE PEDESTRIAN PLAZA, A NEW FRONT, A NEW ENTRANCE, AND WE'LL BE PAINTING
THE FACILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Transportation Museum Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=painting the facility
Houck says the museum will undergo several changes next year.
She says the building will get a new entrance, a pedestrian plaza, and a
It's an early winter in parts of the nation's midsection.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;
In Kansas City, Missouri at least six and a half inches of snow cover the
The National Weather Service says this breaks the record set on October
17th, 18-98 of three point three inches.
The previous record of snow fallen during a single October day has also
been broken; that number was five point eight inches.
The wet snow took down trees, broke branches and left thousands of without
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 50 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When the newscast continues...
An intrastate rivalry heats up Cassell Colesium.
We'll find out how the Yankees kept from going down 3 to nothing in the
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
After getting outscored 16-to-1 in the first two games of the world series,
some thought a change of scenery would help New York, but you don't have to be
a baseball fans to know no group of Yankees would be welcome in Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX; :00
But the tour guide forgot to tell Bernie Williams. The new Mister October
finally awoke from his World Series slumber and put the game away with this 2
run homer off Greg McMichael in the eighth inning.
The Yankees finally get some offensive production as they beat the
SUPER=35-New York/5/Atlanta/2/Braves Lead Series 2-1 ;
Braves 5 to 2.
Braves still leads the series 2 games to 1.
Game four is tonight in Atlanta.
Less than 24 hours after Kentucky announced that Bill Curry will not return
as the school's football coach next season, Frank Beamer's name surfaced as a
leading candidate to replace him.
Beamer was surprised by the reports coming out of Kentucky yesterday and he
had this to say about the job as he arrived at his weekly news conference.
IN Q="It does...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT HERE."
The Virginia tech volleyball team stepped out of the Atlantic 10 last night
in order to battle a cross state rival in ACC power Virginia at Cassell
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :00
The contest marks the first event to be held in the Cassell after the
building was closed for repairs in may.
The Cavaliers proved to be much too strong for the Hokies and got off to a
fast start, winning game one 15-10.
Tech lost game two 15 to 2, but the Hokies never gave up. Meridith Braine
played tough and registered 8 kills on the night.
Tech is now 10 and 12 on the season while U-V-A is 18 and 6.