A former Network news reporter says friendly fire downed T-W-A flight 800.
And the bidding continues in the N-S, C-S-X fight for Conrail.
Heavy rains cause some school closing, and usher in much colder weather for
our weekend. Stay tuned for the complete forecast, all coming up.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
One of the largest employers in our area has taken a bidding war to an even
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff says a battle between Norfolk Southern and C-S-X has become so
intense that N-S has upped its offer for Conrail to 10- BILLION- dollars cash.
Melanie the move announced by N-S this morning represents about a ten-
percent increase in what it's willing to pay.
The N-S hostile bid now tops the friendly offer from rival C-S-X by more
than a billion- dollars.
Two days ago C-S-X sweetened its bid.
The reason this deal is so important is because whoever wins the bidding war
will have a huge amount of control over freight lines in the eastern half of
the United States.
The other guy will basically be left out in the cold, and in a weakened
position that could make it a takeover target by one of the railroads out west.
Melanie a purchase of Conrail by either company will create the third
largest railroad in the U-S.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
((Melanie question: It seems like an easy call for conrail if N-S is offering
so much money...but I'm guessing it's not that cut and dry.))
President Clinton has named his new chief of staff.
Charlotte businessman Erskine (UR'-skin) Bowles accepted the job this
Administration officials say the President will make the announcement today
at his first post-election press conference.
Current Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, is expected to confirm his resignation
at that event.
Panetta's resignation comes one day after Secretary of State Warren
Christopher announced he was stepping down.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER:BEING SECRETARY OF STATE IS TO TAKE PART IN HISTORY'S
RELAY RACE. IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RUN
THIS CHALLENGING LEG. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=this challenging leg.
White House sources say Labor Secretary Robert Reich (rysh) and Housing
Secretary Henry Cisneros are also expected to step down.
That makes at least seven resignations out of the 14-member Cabinet.
The crash of T-W-A flight 800 may soon be ruled an accident.
Today's Washington Post reports N-T-S-B officials are getting ready to make
that move if no evidence of
a bomb or missile is found in wreckage from sea floor dredging.
Meanwhile, former A-B-C newsman Pierre Salinger claims he has government
documents proving the U-S Navy accidentally shot down the 7-47.
Salinger says he got the document from an un-named intelligence agent.
WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IT WAS FISED> IT'S A SPECIAL REGION WHICH IS OFF THE
COAST OF LONG ISLAND, WHERE THEY DO MISSILE TESTS 4,5,6 TIMES A YEAR. THE
BASE OF IT IS IN NORFOLK, BUT THEY COME NORTH AND DO THOSE TESTS. ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Salinger/Former ABC News Correspondent;
OUT Q=and do those tests.
Investigators deny the charge, but say they want to see the documents.
In West Virginia a federal grand jury returned indictments today against
seven men with militia ties. They are accused of conspiring to bomb the F-B-I
center in Clarksburg.
Among those named: Floyd "Ray" Looker of Harrison County--commander of the
Prosecutors say the charges carry maximum penalties of ten years in prison
and 250 thousand dollar fines.
Another sex scandal is rocking the U-S military.
The army is charging an officer and a drill sergent with raping or sexually
harassing female recruits at a training school in Aberdeen, Maryland.
So far, at least a dozen women have been identified as victims.
((- MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT SHADLEY
COMMANDER, ORDINANCE CENTER:THE TRAINEES ARE VERY YOUNG AND
IMPRESSIONABLE AND SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. THESE INSTRUCTORS SHOULD
BE LEADERS NOT LECHERS. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Shadley/Ordinance Center;
OUT Q=NOT LECHERS.
Another sergeant is charged with obstruction of justice.
Investigators say they expect to find even more victims as they try to
interview up to one-thousand women who trained at the center from June through
Three female cadets at the
Citadel are sporting new doo's, and facing disciplinary action.
School officials say they gave
themselves extremely short haircuts, reportedly so they would be like the rest
of the cadets.
The Citadel's fourth female cadet did not cut her hair.
The cadets could now face
confinement because they did not follow the college's haircut policy.
Virginia Tech officials are coming under fire for their handling of recent
grand jury indictments against football players.
Yesterday, Head coach Frank Beamer took the heat from all sides, after
suspending seven players.
An attorney for two players, Angelo Harrison and Brad Baylor says the
university should've waited for a finding of guilt before taking action.
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: IF YOU'RE GONNA FIND FACTS LET'S FIND THEM AND THEN
PUNISH, BUT DON'T PUNISH BEFORE YOU KNOW ALL THE FACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer;
OUT Q=all the facts.
But Tech officials have also been under pressure for waiting too long to
punish the players allegedly involved in a fight last August.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: MANY, MANY STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN
THIS SITUATION. WE KNEW THAT THE BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS GONNA BE
CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND WE FELT THEY WERE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION
THAN UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE WHAT ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director;
OUT Q=actually took place.
The investigation into the fight took two months to finish.
Hincker says Tech officials called police weekly, in hopes it would be
wrapped up much more quickly.
A convicted killer on death row had a muted reaction to news that Governor
George Allen spared his life.
It's the first time Allen has intervened in an execution.
Ten have been carried out under his watch.
The Governor says he gave NO consideration to juror affidavits that they may
have wrongly convicted Joseph Payne of the 19-85 murder.
Payne faced lethal injection for burning another inmate to death while
incarcerated for a prior murder.
The Governor says there's ample evidence of Payne's guilt -- but he commuted
Payne's sentence to life in prison.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Dutch AIDS researchers say they have a breakthrough discovery.
Halifax County High School students got a surprise break from classes
yesterday when police raided for drugs.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
music up full
Dutch researchers report a major, critical step forward in the battle
They say a powerful drug cocktail appears to eliminate all traces of the
virus from the body.
Previous studies have shown that the same mixture of a protease
"A-Z-T" and "3-T-C" wiped out the virus in the blood.
This latest work examined the lymph glands where most of the AIDS virus is
produced, they too were disease-free.
((DR. DANNER: WE WERE ABLE TO BRING DOWN THE BIRUS LOAD IN THE LYMPH TISSUE TO
UNDECTIBLE LEVELS IN ALL THE PATIENTS WE TESTED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Sven Danner/Univ. of Amsterdam Medical Ctr.;
OUT Q=WE TESTED.
Researchers says it's the strongest suppression of the virus yet.
The Mars rush is on.
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SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
OUT Q=back to the red planet
NASA yesterday launched the first in a series of probes to Mars-- with the
hope of finding out if life did once exist on our solar-system neighbor.
Another American probe called the Mars Pathfinder will be launched December
second, and a Russian spacecraft is also set to go before the end of the year.
Botetourt County bus drivers are stuck in first gear in their drive to
improve their pay scale.
Last night, for the second time, the group addressed the school board.
The drivers say that at least one official admitted their pay scale is
IN Q=The drivers
((RICHARD RONK/BUS DRIVER: THE DRIVERS FEEL WHEN THE SCALE WAS FOUND TO BE
WRONG, THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IMMEDIATELY. BUT THE DRIVERS ARE
STILL BEING ASKED TO WORK BY THIS SAME SCALE THAT IS INCORRECT. PLUS THE EXTRA
WORK THAT HAS BEEN ADDED ON TO THE DRIVERS. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Ronk/Bus Driver;
OUT Q=the drivers
At this point, it's unclear whether the pay scale glitch has caused a
significant impact on salaries.
Regardless, school board members say nothing can be done until the next
budget is approved.
The embattled bus drivers will meet separately with the superintendent in
A surprise raid at Halifax County High School turned up little evidence of
Officers used metal detectors and dogs in their search.
A pocket knife and part of a marijuana cigarette were the only things
School officials and authorities believe assigning a deputy to patrol the
school has made a difference.
IN Q=I think
((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. HIGH PRINCIPAL:I THINK THAT THE UNIFORM PRESENCE DOES
MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE, IT'S NOT A RENT A COP, AND IT'S NOT A PART TIME
SECURITY PERSON, IT'S A REAL LIVE POLICE OFFICER, WHO IS WORKING WITH THE
COMMUNITY AND WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL, YES, I THINK, IT'S MADE A REAL
DIFFERENCE, FOR THE SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. Principal; :00
OUT Q=for the school.
Officers also raided a nearby school for troubled students.
17- year- old Greg Hamlett was the only student arrested.
Authorities found several pieces of aluminum foil in his pocket, which they
say contained a substance with the appearance of crack.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
We'll have a live interview with a local author with a unique perspective on
The singer who did it HIS WAY is now doing it his DOCTOR'S way.
Stay with us.
A Los Angeles T-V station is reporting today that Frank Sinatra's health is
deteriorating and he's now being treated for pneumonia and heart failure.
The 80- year- old entertainer checked into the hospital last week,
reportedly for treatment of a pinched nerve.
But K-C-B-S cites a hospital source who said Sinatra's private room looks
like an intensive care unit.
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Country fans welcomed Garth Brooks back to the star city for two concerts at
the civic center-- the first of which was last night.
Before the show, he met with reporters and talked about his Roanoke
performance four years ago, when he missed a rope ladder, and accidentally fell
to the floor.
He says this time, he'll get it right.
IN Q=We kept
((GARTH BROOKS/RECORDING ARTIST: WE KEPT THE LADDER IN THE ACT FOR FOUR YEARS
JUST TO COME BACK AND REDEEM OURSELVES. THEN AFTER VIRGINIA, WE'LL PROBABLY GET
RID OF THE LADDER. I HAD TO COME BACK AND TRY IT ONE MORE TIME. ))
OUT Q=more time
Brooks final local show is today.
A new book recently hit the shelves-- and it's written by a local author.
Phyllis Campbell, who is a blind, lives in Staunton and already has two
best-selling books to her credit.
She began her writing career as a student at the Virginia School for the
Deaf and Blind, and now serves as a music teacher at the same school.
2-shot Melanie and Guest
Phyllis joins us today to talk about her new book, "Friendships in the
(What can sighted people learn from your book)
Talent=Phyllis Campbell Full
(In your book you talk about how cats and dogs light up your world-- why is
(In what ways are blind people more lucky than sighted people?)
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 19 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
The American League selects TWO managers of the year.
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A wants you to select one of their unique pets--
it has only THREE legs.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Earlier this Fall Joe Torre and Johnny Oates finished back in the pack in
the manager of the year balloting done by the Associated Press.
Last night they got their revenge as the the Baseball Writers of American
announced that Torre of the World Champion New York Yankees and Texas Ranger
skipper Oates are co-recipients of this year's American League manager of the
Both managers received 89 points but, Oates received more first place votes
The Winston Cup season begins its final weekend today in Atlanta as drivers
arrive for the NAPA 500.
And for local driver Rick Mast, it's his final chance to pull off a win
before changing teams next season.
((RICK MAST/ATLANTA POLE WINNER IN 1992:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Atlanta Pole Winner In 1992;
OUT Q=...TRY TO DO."
The regular season party comes to a close tonight as Friday football Extra
presents highlights from the final week of the regular season.
Here's where you'll find us crowning district champs on Week 11.
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OUT Q=..LOGO COMES FULL
Her name is Tripod, and she's looking for a home.
This black lab mix was picked up by Animal Control officers a few weeks ago
in Northeast Roanoke.
She was born with a deformed leg which was surgically removed.
But as you can see it doesn't slow her down at all.
IN Q=She's as
((JOHN PIEDMONT/ROANOKE VALLEY SPCA: SHE'S AS GOOD AS NEW. SHE'S BETTER. SHE'S
HOPPING AROUND. SHE'S HAPPY. SHE WANTS TO GET OUT OF HERE. SHE WANTS A NEW
HOME. SO SOMEONE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS BOUND TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUT THIS DOG
AND GIVER HERE A GOOD HOME. ))
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/Roanoke Valley SPCA;
OUT Q=good home
Tripod is being kept at the Southern Hills Animal Hospital on Franklin Road.
If you would like to adopt her... or any other dog or cat, you can call the
Roanoke Valley SPCA at 344-4840.