Coming up next on News 7-
Texaco Settles a huge racial discrimination suit-
An outbreak of Salmonella poisoning at one restaurant makes people sick.
Plus the holiday shopping season is almost here, but this year it's
shorter than others.
And one prinicipal puckers up.
News 7 is next.
Texaco says it'll pay 179 million dollars in a race discrimination suit.
Employees who joined the class-action suit against the oil
company also get an eleven-percent raise January first.
A Lynchburg restaurant went up in flames- Fire investigators are trying to
figure out what sparked the blaze at T-Bone's Tavern.
And the Holiday shopping season is almost here- but this year the shopping
season is a little shorter than other years.
Plus all the friday football highlights-
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Texaco's settled a huge racial discrimination suit.
As John Roberts reports it's a victory for employees.
SUPER=01-Michael Hausfeld/Plaintiff's Attorney; 21
SUPER=01-Peter I. Bijur/Texaco Chairman; :52
OUT Q=within thirty days."
((With a boycott of its service stations looming, Texaco has settled a race
discrimination suit that will cost the giant oil company about a hundred
seventy five million dollars.
Plaintiffs sought more than half a billion dollars in damages. They alleged
they had been held back at Texaco by a "good old boy" network that favored
The pressure on Texaco to settle increased dramatically after tape recordings
of a company meeting were made public. In the tapes, managers talked about
minority employees in disparaging terms and of destroying company documents in
Those tapes rocked Texaco. The company suspended two executives, the oil
company's chcirman apolooizgd and the Reverend Jesse Jackson called for a
But with Friday's settlement, the company's troubles are far from over.
A federal grand jury continues to investigate whether company documents were
About 15 hundred employees will share in the 176 million dollar deal.
The U-N Security Council has unanimously approved sending humanitarian
force to Zaire.
But troops would go without Rwanda's blessing.
Now that refugees are returning home from Zaire, Rwanda says the mission
SUPER=03-Fairchild AFB, WA;
Despite that U-S forces are leaving Washington state.
They'll take part in a mission aimed at taking food and medicine to some one
((THE WORLDS MOST POWERFUL NATION MUST NOT TURN ITS BACK ON SO MANY DESPERATE
PEOPLE AND SO MANY INNOCENT CHILDREN WHO ARE NOW AT RISK.))
OUT Q=are now at risk
President Clinton says before giving the green light he will do everything
in his power to minimize the risk to U-S forces.
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Meanwhile Pentagon Brass say U-S troops will stay in Bosnia through June of
((WILLIAM PERRY/DEFENSE SECRETARY: OUR CONCERN IS THAT WITHOUT THE MILITARY
PRESENCE THERE HOT SPOTS ALL OVER POSNIA ANY ONE OF WHICH COULD SPIN OUT OF
CONTROL AND ESCALATE TO A GENERAL WAR.))
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=TO A GENERAL WAR."
Perry says a new stabilization force will be required- that involves
different soldiers under different leaders.
An investigation is underway at the Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Home
in Botetourt County- apparently over missing supplies.
Roanoke City Officials say an internal and police investigation started
after allegations of improper conduct by some staff members at the home.
The city became aware of the allegations in mid-September.
Director of Human Development Glenn Radcliff says quote "We are taking
every action possible to help ensure a thorough, fair, and unbiased
An outbreak of salmonella poisoning made at least ten people sick in central
Virginia last week.
Health officials believe most of the cases can be traced to food served at
Jumbo's Family Restaurant on Route 460.
A waitress there was one of those afflicted, and she remains hospitalized.
Authorities say a package of macaroni and cheese may be to blame for the
Jumbo's owners voluntarily closed the restaurant last week, and have
complied with the health department's requests for tests.
Health department doctors are still testing people to see if any others have
Two weeks from today kicks off the traditional start of the holiday shopping
And the largest shopping mall in our area is preparing for traffic.
Plus, merchants are dealing with the fact that there are fewer shopping days
this year because Thanksgiving is so late.
Jay Moore reports.
IN Q=If you're planning
SUPER=01-Lou Cotkin/Wal-Mart Assistant Mgr.; :22
SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/Valley View Mall Property Mgr.; :42
OUT Q=NEws 7 Roanoke
(( If you're planning to go shopping at Valley View Mall the day after
Thanksgiving, this is what you should expect.
IN Q=There'll be so
((LOU COTKIN/WAL*MART ASSISTANT MGR.: THERE'LL BE SO MUCH TRAFFIC AND THEIR BE
FIGHTING FOR PARKING SPACES AGAIN. ))
OUT Q=parking spaces again.
IN Q=With the addition
((JAY MOORE/REPORTER: WITH THE ADDITION OF 12 NEW STORES TO THE MALL AND
OPENING OF WAL-MART YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE EVEN MORE PEOPLE SHOPPING THIS
HOLIDAY SEASON. ))
OUT Q=this holiday season.
Not only is Wal-Mart new for this Christmas season, but Rack & Sack is also
bringing in the shoppers.
IN Q=One of the
((COTKIN: ONE OF THE WAYS TO AVOID THE TRAFFIC FLOW IS TO COME A LITTLE BIT
EARLY. SHOP DURING THE WEEK. OUR TRAFFIC FLOW IS REALLY HIGH LATER IN THE
EVENING AS WELL AS ON THE WEEKENDS. SO IT PEOPLE COME A LITTLE BIT EARLIER IT
WILL HELP US OUT TOO. ))
OUT Q=us out to.
Valley View officials are also hoping adjustments to their schedule will
also make it easier on shoppers.
IN Q=People are shopping
((LOUISE DUDLEY/VALLEY VIEW MALL PROPERTY MGR.: PEOPLE ARE SHOPPING FROM EARLY
IN THE MORNING TO LATE AT NIGHT. YOU HAVE HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS DURING THE DAY.
WE HAVE EXTENDED HOURS. THEY'LL BE PLENTY OF TIME TO SHOP WITHOUT BEING
OUT Q=being inconvenienced.
Traffic is not the only thing merchants have to deal with.
Because Thanksgiving is late...they lose a weekend.
IN Q=We're trying to
((DUDLEY: WE'RE TRYING TO COUNTERACT THAT WITH OPENING OUR CHRISTMAS SET TWO
WEEKS PRIOR TO THANKSGIVING RATHER THAN THE WEEKEND BEFORE WHEN WE GENERALLY
OPEN OUT CHRISTMAS SET.))
OUT Q=Christmas set.
And Dudley is hoping that, along with all the new stores will keep customers
coming back to make for a profitable Christmas.
Jay Moore News 7 Roanoke.))
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Still to come on the newscast, accused bomber Timothy McVeigh finds out when he
will stand trial,
and a once popular restaurant in Lynchburg burns down just as it was about to
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The trial date has been set for Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City
McVeigh will go on trial March 31st.
Co-Defendant Terry Nichols will be tried separately after McVeigh's trial.
One of the bombing survivors says it's a relief the trial dates finally
A Lynchburg landmark went up in flames this morning.
Fire investigators are still trying to pinpoint what sparked the blaze that
gutted T-Bone's Tavern.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Firefighters got
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :23
SUPER=01-Wayne Saunders/Fire Marshal; 1:05
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It began life as the Hollins Mill Road Drive-In, and more recently was known
as T-Bone's tavern.
However, just before ten this morning, that history came to a fiery end.
Fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames pouring from one side of the
Once it broke through to the roof, it didn't take long for fire to consume
the rest of the building.
IN Q=The crews
((BATTALION CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: THE CREWS OPERATED MAINLY
FROM THE OUTSIDE ESPECIALLY, INITIALLY BECAUSE WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE
INTEGRITY OF THE ROOF AND IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE.))
OUT Q=a little while.
Crews battled for nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control.
By the time the smoke cleared, only the front portion of the restaurant was
Even that had been thoroughly gutted.
((T-Bone's Tavern actually closed a few weeks ago, and was in the process of
being sold. In fact, the prospective owner spent more than fourteen hours in
here yesterday painting and renovating the interior. But his dreams of seeing
the restaurant re-open went up in smoke this morning.))
OUT Q=this morning.
Fire investigators inspecting the rubble this afternoon say the blaze
started on the southeast side of the building where an ash tray was found in an
outdoor trash can.
IN Q=It's entirely
((WAYNE SAUNDERS/FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE IT COULD HAVE BEEN
SOMETHING DISCARDED THERE, I DON'T KNOW. THERE'S A TRASH CAN THERE, WE'RE GOING
TO LOOK AT THAT AREA JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE LATER.))
OUT Q=bit more later.
The building's owners plan to demolish what little remains of the local
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
One of Roanoke City's "Outstanding Fire Fighters of the Year" has died.
Vernon Wade Barnard succumbed to Lou Gehrig's disease earlier this week.
He had battled the illness for several years.
Barnard received the Roanoke Fire Association Outstanding Fire Fighter award
He served the city for 12 years before developing the disease.
Barnard is survived by his wife and two children.
He was 43.
Here's the latest for the thousands of people in our area who have service
contracts from the defunct Holdren's appliance stores.
Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs says it's stepping up its efforts to
help consumers stuck with service contracts that are not being honored.
The trouble began last summer when Crenshaw T-V and Appliance Company
acquired the assets of Holdren's, but NOT its liabilities.
The state says 860 people have sent in complaints on the matter.
Crenshaw is offering discounts to the contract holders, but not the original
deal they had with Holdren's.
More than a dozen women took up residence at V-M-I today.
They'll be spending the weekend to see whether they want to become one of
the 30-some female cadets Virginia Military Institute expects to enroll next
Jennifer Jolin brought her completed application with her from Monterey...
becoming the NINTH woman to apply.
Amanda Kaufman says she wrote to the school before the Supreme Court ruling
IN Q=I really wanted
((I REALLY WANTED TO DO IT. I LIKE THE WHOLE MILITARY STYLE OF IT. I LIKE THE
UNIFORMITY AND THE CAMARADERIE. I JUST LIKE THAT, AND I'M REAL INTO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Amanda Kaufman/Prospective Cadet from Alexandria
OUT Q=real into that.
Katie Springman is just 16, a high school JUNIOR, but she's already
thinking about applying for a position in the class of 2002.
IN Q=College is a challenge
((COLLEGE IS A CHALLENGE, BUT IF YOU ADD ON THE MILITARY ASPECT OF IT AND ALL
THAT, IT'S JUST... Would you make the military a career? I'D THINK ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Katie Springman/Prospective Cadet;
OUT Q=think about it.
The 13 women will bunk in barracks for the weekend to get a feel for what
it'd be like to become a part of the corps.
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Coming up next, portions of Hawaii are hit hard by mud slides,
and we'll tell you why former marine Oliver North says it's time to forgive
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Oliver North is burying the hatchet with the fellow Republican who helped
defeat him in the 1994 Senate race.
North was in Richmond addressing the Young America's Foundation today.
He was asked by reporters if he forgives Senator John Warner for opposing
IN Q=I'm glad
((I'M GLAD JOHN WARNER WON. I HAVE NO PROBLEM SAYING THAT. I SAID BEFORE THE
RACE WAS DECIDED THAT I'M A REPUBLICAN. I'M NOT A SUNSHINE SOLDIER OR A FAIR
SUPER=01-Oliver North/Conservative Talk Show Host;
OUT Q=fair weather patriot.
But when asked which Warner he actually voted for --
IN Q=I keep
((I KEEP MY -- I VOTED FOR WARNER. laughs))
Some North supporters told exit pollsters they voted for MARK Warner to send
Mud raced down hillsides
today on the Hawaiian island of Oahu-
Mud came crashing into an apartment complex.
The force of the slide tossed cars and trucks in the parking lot upside
So far no reports of deaths or injuries, but dogs are searching the site
just in case someone may have been trapped below.
Heavy rain prompted the slides.
Garden City is getting some help. Today, the city of Roanoke learned it'll
receive a grant of almost two million dollars to buy 42 buildings in the flood
SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 28, 1995;
The neighborhood has repeatedly faced flooding, and high water caused
several hundred thousand dollars of damage during the summer of 1995.
A combination of federal, state and local money will pay for voluntary
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When we return, Roy Stanley will look at tonight's playoff action,
and we'll see how one area principal suffers a fowl fate after losing a bet
with the P-T-A.
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Northside went into Salem Stadium hoping to avenge a 41 to 18 regular
season loss to the Spartans. But the Vikings came up short in the Region Three
Division Four Semi Finals.
SUPER=03-Salem/Salem vs Northside; :
Willis White had his Spartan team ready for the battle.
Salem capatilized on Viking mistakes here Xavier Lee is back to punt but he
can't handle the snap and Salem recovers the ball on the Viking four yard line.
On the very next play Salem's SUPER=36-Salem/17/Northside/0/;Brandon Poff
takes the handoff and scores up the middle from the four and the Spartans led 7
to nothing and Salem holds on to win it 17 to Nothing.
In Giles, the Spartans would open up post-season play against Patrick
Henry-Glade Springs down in far Southwest Virginia tonight.
SUPER=03-Pearisburg/Giles vs. PH-Glade Springs; :00
It was a hopping cold night in Giles County as the Spartans battled the
Rebels in the Region C Division II semis but Giles Coach Steve Ragsdale had a
guaranteed crowd heater in the play of #31 Shaun Vault.
Vault caps a 49 yard Spartan drive with this 43 yard TD run up the gut for
the first score of the night.
Giles would go up 21-7 near the end of the first half before #36 Chris
SUPER=36-Giles/35/Patrick Henry/13/;:Ratcliff is going to find Vault wide
open in the endzone and lead 28-7 at the half. And Giles wins it 35 to 13.
Magna Vista advances in Division three Region four with a 22 to nothing win
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Magna Vista vs Martinsville; :
Don Bateman walking the sideline before tonights showdown.
The Warriors get the ball into the hands of Travis Preston and he takes it
in from four yards out and the Warriors led the game 8 to nothing on the two
Magna Vista scored again in the SUPER=36-Magna
Vista/22/Martinsville/0/;second quarter Ceron Penn takes the handoff and he
dives in from the four yard line also and the Warriors go on to win it 22 to
Tonight is the start of the Virginia High School League football playoffs.
We'll highlights 11 games on Friday Football.
But now, lets check some of the scores from tonight's action.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....LAST SCORE."
SUPER=55-Bland Co./14/Parry McCluer/7/Martinsville/0/Magna
SUPER=55-Pocahontas/8/Rural Retreat/33/Bassett/0/Gate City/44/Gar-Field/0/G.W.
SUPER=55-Appomattox/14/Brookville/27/Stonewall Jackson/17/Pulaski Co./20/PH
SUPER=55-Jefferson Forest/24/Wm. Campbell/14/Lord Botetourt/7/Staunton
The Express was back at the Roundhouse tonight Tech and Virginia prepare
for big conference games tomorrow.
And the university is denying it but rumors say that Notre Dame head
football coach Lou Holtz is retiring.
The Roanoke Express was at the Roundhouse tonight for a match up against
the South Carolina Stingrays.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Stingrays; :
Express goalie Dave Gagnon warming up blocking a few shots before the start
of tonights game.
Roanoke came out on the offense tonight Eric Landry slides the puck off a
Stingray's skate it gets past the goalie and the Express led 1 to nothing in
Gagnon was just as hot in net as SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/South Carolina/2/;he
held the Stingrays in check throughout the first period and Roanoke goes on to
win the game 3 to 2 in a shootout.
A sellout crowd is expected as Virginia Tech rolls into the Orange bowl to
take on Miami.
The winner of the game will tighten the race for the Big East title.
Last year in Blacksburg, The Hokies broke a two game losing streak with a
victory over the Hurricanes.
It was a total team effort. But the Hokies are 0 and 7 against Miami at the
IN Q="I think when...
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Defensive Back; :24
OUT Q=........same time."
You can see the Big East showdown on your Hometown Station beginning at
3-thirty tomorrow afternoon.
We begin our coverage of college football at noon tomorrow with an A-C-C
match up against Clemson and N.C. State.
Speaking of the ACC, The most important game of Virginia's season kicks off
tomorrow at 3:30 in Charlottesville.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :00
6th ranked North Carolina comes to town with an alliance bowl berth on it's
To keep their bowl hopes alive the Cavaliers will have to stop the
conference's best quarterback and the ACC's top defense.
((TIKI BARBER/ACC'S LEADING RUSHER:))
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/ACC's Leading Rusher; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...that florida state's"
V-M-I plays its final home game of the season taking on The Citadel in the
Military Classic of the South.
Kickoff is 1-Oclock in Lexington
Notre Dame Athletic Director Mike Wadsworth says the rumors that Irish
Football Coach Lou Holtz is retiring are wrong.
C-B-S and E-S-P-N were saying that Holtz will step down as the Irish head
coach before the season is over.
The announcement was expected to come as early as tomorrow after
Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Or either Tuesday or Wednesday after Holtz informed his players and
assistant coaches of the decision.
But tonight Holtz says its not true.
IN Q="If you
((LOU HOLTZ/NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Lou Holtz/Notre Dame Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......your choice."
A busy night in pro sports.
For all the scores from the N-B-A and the N-H-L lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Islanders/3//Florida/3/3///San Jose/1/j/Detroit/5///;
OUT Q=......LAST SCORE."
SUPER=330-Clear With Near/Record Cold/18-20/Sunny Skies/Wind NE-10/43-45;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Wind Light/20-24/Sunny Skies/Wind NE-10/44-46;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Wind SE-10/14-18/Sunny Skies/Wind SE-10/43-46;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Very Cold/10-15/Sunny Skies/Wind E-10/40-45;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/14-18/Sunny Skies/Wind SE-10/43-46;
It was a "hokie" day for one U-V-A grad in Fincastle.
Weldon Martin is the principal of Breckinridge Elementary School.
He promised to kiss a turkey if a P-T-A goal was reached.
Today it was time to put up or pucker up.
Martin was all set to kiss the live gobbler, when faculty members brought
out the Virginia Tech mascot.
There was no doubt which bird the students wanted him to peck.
IN Q=Real turkey
((REAL TURKEY! REAL TURKEY! REAL TURKEY! ))
OUT Q=real turkey (3x)
But in the end, the U-V-A alum ended up kissing the Hokie bird, which for
him was just as bad.
Even still, Martin said he did not mind the "fowl play."