A powerful storm- -that only LOOKED like a tornado- -rips through Henry
And coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX: a live report from Axton- -including an
interview with a resident who lived to tell it.
And we've got a story about fourth graders at Fallon Park Elementary getting
on the right side of the law early.
In sports, Mother Nature forces Friday Football Extra to call an audible;
we'll have the updated list, UVa and Tech talk about their respective games,
and Terry Labonte might be contending for the Cup title but brother Bobby
was the top dog in Atlanta.
Now that a wet and violent front is heading for the coast, we catch the cold
backlash with snow showers likely in the western mountains.
The National Weather Service has surveyed the damage left by a powerful storm
today in Henry County.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the Sentry Mobile Home Park near Axton with the latest.
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(Rollcue: amount of damage)
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SUPER=07-Leila Moore; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :07
SUPER=07-Howard Hodge; :34
OUT Q=quite some time
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((Keith question: Do you have a total damage estimate in dollars?))
The weather sent a tractor trailer spinning out of control in Botetourt
County this morning.
The driver of the truck told troopers he was trying to avoid a car when he
lost control of the tandem-trailer rig.
The truck slid around, finally ending up in the median, facing the opposite
The driver wasn't hurt.
The troopers themselves narrowly avoided disaster.
While they were directing traffic, another tractor-trailer started sliding
The driver got the truck back under control and no one was hurt.
Tuesday's election has permanently grounded plans for a general aviation
airport in Rockbridge County.
An overwhelming number of voters said they don't want planes landing on
this site north of Lexington.
Opponents called it a pork barrel project for a privileged few.
Supporters said it would bring economic development to the region.
Now both sides agree the project is dead.
((MATT PAXTON, AVIATION IN ROCKBRIDGE; 2 OF THE 5 SUPERVISORS SAID THEY WOULD
ABIDE BY THE VOTE. OF COURSE THE VOTE WAS VERY DECISIVE AGAINST THE AIRPORT.
ONE SUPERVISOR HAD GONE ON RECORD PRIOR TO IT SAYING HE WAS AGAINST, SO AT
LEAST FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE COUNTY SPONSORING AN AIRPORT, IT'S CERTAINLY
DEAD AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Matt Paxton/Aviation In Rockbridge;
OUT Q=dead at this point
Paxton says he still thinks the airport is a good idea, but the most that
could happen now, is a privately funded grass air-strip for local pilots.
The man who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Congressman Rick Boucher in 1988
is facing charges stemming from alleged incidents involving five teenagers.
This week Bristol police charged 44 year-old John Clyde Brown with attempted
forcible sodomy of a teenage boy.
He's also charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a
minor, for allegedly giving alcohol to boys at his home.
Brown is a former state delegate and former mayor of Bristol.
He's currently on paid administrative leave from his job as athletic
director at Virginia High School.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--the fight over Rush Limbaugh books in a Bedford
County classroom will be settled in court.
and youngsters get an up close look at the law--from those on the front
lines. It's making quite an impression on the kids.
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The devastating weather in Henry County was not enough to stop a celebration
in Collinsville this afternoon.
Hundreds of residents... along with local and state officials were on hand
for the dedication of the new Henry County Courthouse.
Harry Carrico... the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court gave the
IN Q=I congratulate
((HARRY CARRICO/VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE: I CONGRATULATE THE
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR THE FORESIGHT AND WISDOM IN UNDERTAKING
THE PROJECT. IT IS A CREDIT TO THIS COMMUNITY AND INDEED TO THE ENTIRE
SUPER=01-Harry Carrico/Va. Supreme Court Chief Justice;
The new courthouse was first proposed six years ago, but construction didn't
begin until the summer of 1994.
The 70- thousand square foot facility was completed last month.
The battle over allowing Rush Limbaugh material in a Bedford County school
is now heading to federal court.
Attorneys for the Rutherford Institute had threatened to sue the school for
its policy that barred students from bringing outside reading material to
The civil liberties group is representing 9- year- old Jason Gardner, who
claims teachers have twice confiscated the works of Rush Limbaugh from him in
class at Montville Elementary School.
School attorney Pat Lacey, however, denies those allegations, and today told
the Rutherford attorneys: "..the facts and the law are on our side and no
amount of threats and chest thumping will alter that fact...".
A representative of the Rutherford Institute told News7 today "somebody in
this case is lying and it's not my client."
Rutherford attorneys plan to file a new complaint in federal court sometime
This has been the busiest week so far in the bidding war between Norfolk
Southern and C-S-X for right to own Conrail, the dominant railroad in the
Today N-S upped the ante by a BILLION- dollars...bringing its hostile bid to
a total of 10- billion dollars.
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Len Besthoff has been keeping close track of all the wheeling and dealing by
one of our area's largest employers.
So far Keith we've tried to avoid using lots of numbers to explain this.
But tonight, we'll give it a whirl.
IN Q=The original
The original C-S-X/Conrail merger plans had Conrail shareholders getting a
combination of cash and C-S-X stock for a total value of 93- dollars- a- share.
N-S countered with a bid of 100- dollars- a- share, all in cash.
Then the price of C-S-X stock dropped, causing the value of its Conrail
offer to fall.
So C-S-X added more cash to the deal to bring it back to its original value.
And today N-S dealt what some analysts call a crushing blow, upping the bid
for Conrail to 110- dollars- a- share.
From the way this sounds, you'd think Conrail shareholders would be crazy
NOT to accept the N-S bid.
But the intricacies of corporate law in Pennsylvania, where Conrail is
based, is making the C-S-X/Conrail merger hard to reverse.
N-S is challenging some of those laws in court later this month.
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((Keith question: SWITCHING GEARS A LITTLE LEN, I UNDERSTAND N-S WORKERS STAGED
A SHORT STRIKE THIS MORNING?))
The stock market turned around late in the session for another record close.
The Dow gained 14 points to finish the week at 62 hundred 20.
NASDAQ was up three points.
Fourth graders in Roanoke city are getting a taste of the judicial system.
Beth Myer reports some 50 local attorneys are spending time with the kids,
hoping to foster respect for the law and those who work to enforce it.
IN Q=(sot of siren) The students enthusiastically
SUPER=01-Phillip Parker/Lawyer; :47
SUPER=01-Peggy King/Fourth Grade Teacher; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
((The students enthusiastically welcome the mentor program's visitors and do
things they've never done.
10 03 05 00 - 10 03 13 00
IN Q=HAVE you ever
((BETH MYER: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A POLICE CAR? STUDENT: NO. MYER: TELL ME
WHAT THAT WAS LIKE? STUDENT: SCARY. YOU COULDN'T OPEN THE DOOR FROM THE
OUT Q=what they did.
The experience makes a definite impression.
10 08 13 00 - 10 08 26 00
IN Q=If you steal
((STUDENT: IF YOU STEAL SOMETHING HE COULD TAKE YOU TO THE JAIL HOUSE. MYER:
WHAT DID THAT MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT? STUDENT: NOT DOING ANYTHING BAD. ))
OUT Q=anything bad.
Once a month Phillip Parker, a lawyer and member of the Va Bar Association,
visits this fourth grade classroom to talk about the law. Often, he'll invite
other professionals to join him.
10 21 10 00 - 10 21 23 00
IN Q=For example
((PHILLIP PARKER/LAWYER: FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY WE HAD A POLICE OFFICER, THEN A
JUDGE, WE'LL TAKE THEM TO THE COURTHOUSE, AND JAIL SO WE CAN SEE AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE. THAT'S THE MAIN GOAL. ))
OUT Q=the main goal.
As the students learn, they begin planning their own mock trial that will be
enacted at the end of the school year.
10 13 13 00 - 10 13 31 00
IN Q=We write it
((PEGGY KING: FOURTH GRADE TEACHER: WE WRITE IT, ACT IT OUT, GO TO THE
COURTHOUSE, MR. PARKER IS THE JUDGE, THE KIDS ARE THE LAWYERS AND DEFENDANTS.
THEY MAKE A DECISION AND HAVE LEARNED ALL THAT TERMINOLOGY BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=terminology before.
The Va Bar Association sponsors this program to increase awareness about the
legal system... hoping to steer young people to be law abiding citizens early
in life. Beth Myer, News 7, Roanoke.))
A Labonte captures the pole for the last Winston Cup race of the
season--We will tell which one in a few-- The National League manager of the
year is named,
and like the Hokies, the Virginia Cavaliers are getting set for a huge home
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Motor Speedway
First round qualifying for the final race of the season hit the Atlanta
Motor Speedway today.
And while Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte are going down to the wire for the
championship, neither could hang with Bobby L on this day.
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Bobby Labonte broke the track record with a speed of 185.887 miles per
hour in the Interstate Chevy to capture his 4th pole of the season and 7th of
IN Q="The car
((BOBBY LABONTE/NAPA 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Napa 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=just awesome"
Broken left hand and all, points leader Terry Labonte qualified 3rd while
Gordon will start from the outside pole. Now here's the top 25.
wipe to lineup
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/185.887/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Terry Labonte//4. Mark
Martin//5. Dale Jarrett;
SUPER=0107-6. Ernie Irvan//7. Todd Bodine//8. Greg Sacks//9. Bobby
Hamilton//10. Chad Little//;
SUPER=0107-11. Hut Stricklin//12. Jack Sprague//13. Bill Elliott//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-16. Johnny Benson//17. Dale Earnhardt//18. Robert Pressley//19.
Brett Bodine//20. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Billy Standridge//23. Ward Burton//24. Elton
Sawyer//25. Bobby Hillin//;
The final week of the regular season in high school football is here. Most
teams are still playing despite the weather.
Here's a look at the new Friday Football Extra list.
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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
Now, as I mentioned most game are on tonight as scheduled, but a number have
Here are 8 games that we know of that have been rescheduled because of the
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Botetourt/Sat./Northside/1:30/Pulaski Co./Sat./Cave Spring/1pm;
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One of the games on tap tomorrow is the Blue Ridge showdown between Lord
Botetourt and Northside.
The Cavaliers are already in the playoffs but Botetourt has never beaten
Northside since the Vikings came into the Blue Ridge.
IN Q="The kids...
((ANDY WARD/BOTETOURT HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Botetourt Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......take it to us."
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
And that's what the Vikings need to do if they want to play in the post
IN Q="We know...
((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....other things."
15th ranked Virginia plays host to 5 and 3 Clemson tomorrow at Scott
Stadium in a 3:30 kickoff. Both have identical 4 and 2 conference records and
Clemson is coming on with 2 games left on it's schedule.
IN Q="I think
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...early in the season"
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One key will be stopping Tiger Tailback Raymond preister and quarterback
IN Q="It's definitely
((RONDE BARBER/UVA DEFENSIVE BACK:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :00
OUT Q=...to win"
25th ranked Virginia Tech plays 5 and 2 East carolina tomorrow at Lane
Stadium Worsham Field in a 7pm kick off.
The Pirates have three veterans at receiver and quarterback Marcus Crandell
is up for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
((STEVE LOGAN/EAST CAROLINA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Logan/East Carolina head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...on early downs"
VMI hosts Richmond in a 1pm game in Lexington,
The Liberty Flames are at home tomorrow against Livingstone at 1:30,
The Panthers play Frostburg at home; that's a 1:30 kickoff,
and W & L takes on Emory & henry in Lexington at 1:30.
The Roanoke Rush battles the Hammond Blue Thunder tomorrow at Victory
Stadium. The Minor league Football semi final playoff game kicks off at 1pm.
Writers named Bruce Bochy the National League manager of the year just a
few moments ago.
In his second season with Padres Bochy led the team to its first National
League West title since 1984. San Diego had a 91 and 71 record and Bochy is
the first Padre Manager to win the honor.
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(toss to Jean)
On this Friday after Election Day, the Roanoke Valley has a president of its
own to inaugurate,
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over at Hollins College. Jean Jadhon has details on that.
Keith, this is the day that Hollins formally installs Janet Rasmussen as its
She's only the ninth one the school has had in more than 150 years. We'll
hear about her plans for the future tonight on News-7.
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