Fire gutted a restaurant in Lynchburg this morning.
Meantime, President Clinton extends the U-S military mission to Bosnia.
President Clinton is extending the mission to Bosnia.
At the White House today he said U-S troops could stay in the Balkans well
Meantime, the President has agreed to send some 4-thousand troops to
Central Africa as part of a humanitarian mission.
In that region today hundreds of thousands of Rwandan refugees began
streaming out of eastern Zaire, headed home.
Witnesses indicate fighting has freed them from the control of Hutu rebels
that kept them in Zaire for two years.
Lee Cowan is in Washington with today's development
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Fire has destroyed a Lynchburg restaurant this morning.
Firefighters were called to T- Bone's Restaurant on Hollins Mill Road around
Heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the side of the building where
authorities say the kitchen area was located.
It took them nearly an hour to bring the fire under control.
IN Q=What we had
((BATTALION CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WHAT WE HAD, WE HAD A LARGE
VOLUME OF FIRE IN THE ROOF AREA, THE COCK LOFT, AND THERE WAS AN AIR
CONDITIONING UNIT IN THE ROOF, AND WE WERE HESITANT ABOUT PUTTING IN INTERIOR
CREWS BECAUSE OF HAVING THE ROOF COLLAPSE ON 'EM.))
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=collapse on 'em.
The restaurant was in the process of being sold and renovated.
The new owner had hoped to re- open in the first week of December.
Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.
The source of the outbreak of legionnaires disease in the New River Valley
was pinpointed as a hot tub display in Lowe's Christiansburg store.
A local hot tub dealer says the disease can be avoided if spa owners keep
proper sanitation levels for their hot tubs.
A spa should be properly sanitized with chlorine or bromine (bro-mean).
These chemicals kill bacteria and keep the water clean.
IN Q=Regular routine should
((BILL MAAS/WATERWORKS OF ROANOKE: REGULAR ROUTINE SHOULD BE CHECKING YOUR SPA
TWICE A WEEK FOR PH, CHLORINE, OR BROMINE, SHOCKING YOUR SPA ONCE EVERY SEVEN
TO 10 WORKING DAYS.))
SUPER=01-Bill Maas/WaterWorks of Roanoke;
OUT Q=10 working days.
For people that have spa bathtubs, Maas suggests periodic shocking, also
known as super-chlorinating.
IN Q=Just because the
((BILL MAAS/WATERWORKS OF ROANOKE: JUST BECAUSE THE TUB IS EMPTY DOESN'T MEAN
THAT BACTERIA ISN'T GROWING IN THE PIPELINES. IT SHOULD BE SHOCKED ONCE A
MONTH TO AVOID WHAT MAY HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=in the future.
Most pool or spa stores sell kits which can be used to test for these
The number of people needing organ transplants in the U-S is exceeding 45-
And many will die before they can receive a new organ.
Legislators are considering changes in state law that would encourage more
people to donate their organs.
Yesterday members of a General Assembly committee brought their search for
solutions to a hearing at Virginia Western Community College.
IN Q=The main recommendations
((THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AND THAT'S THE PROCEDURE WE'LL
BE ABLE TO DO IS HOW TO HAVE THE HOSPITALS HAVE THE BEST PROCEDURE POSSIBLE TO
ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. TALK TO THE POTENTIAL DONORS AND DONORS' FAMILIES. THAT'S
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE AND ALSO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO
SIGN AS DONORS.))
SUPER=01-Del. Mitch Van Yahres/(D) Charlottesville;
OUT Q=to sign as donors as possible.
One proposal would require hospitals to call in specially trained
counselors, whenever they identify a potential organ donor.
Meantime, victims of Chronic liver failure will no longer be first in line
for liver transplants.
A controversial new rule by the transplant agency that sets nationwide
policy hopes to give top priority to patients with the best chance of survival.
Being pushed to the bottom of the waiting list will be patients who have
been alcoholics and drug addicts.
But backers of the proposal insist they're not trying to punish them.
((IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CAUSE OF THE DISEASE IT JUST HAS TO DO WITH THE
DEGREE OF ILLNESS AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE CHANCES OF SUCCESS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Wood/Liver Transplant Surgeon;
OUT Q=CHANCES OF SUCCESS.
Critics say the proposal could cause a surge in deaths.
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She is the youngest person ever to receive a HEART transplant.
Ninety-minute old Cheyenne Pyle was given a new, golf-ball size heart
yesterday in Miami.
Doctors give her an 80 percent chance of survival.
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Still to come on the newscast,
An Altavista mail carrier may have taken a little too much interest in the
Now he's facing charges,
Virginia cars will soon have a new look.
That and more, when we continue.
But first let's check in with Patrick.
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A surprise guilty plea in a Bedford County murder case yesterday.
39- year- old Randall T. Faris avoided a jury trial by pleading guilty to
second degree murder for the shooting death of Bobby Carter last February.
Carter's body was found dumped alongside Route 608 in southern Bedford
County.. he'd been shot twice in the head and neck.
Police say Faris and Carter had been drinking and smoking crack cocaine when
they scuffled over a gun.
Faris remains free on bond until his sentencing.
He faces between five and forty years in prison for the murder.
The man who made threatening phone calls to young girls in the Roanoke
Valley is facing another 16 years of prison time.
Michael Obremski was sentenced in Botetourt County Circuit Court... where he
received 16 years behind bars.
That's in addition to the 15- and- a half- years he received in Roanoke
Just last month, Obremski pleaded guilty to similar charges in Roanoke
City... and admitted to being the Raleigh Court stalker.
He faces 45 more years in prison for those charges.
Two Canadian men have been charged with running up some big bills on phony
credit cards at local Department stores.
Yesterday's indictments say 26- year- old Ryan Christopher Lee and 23-
year- old Quoui (Kwhy) Long Lam tried to buy 25-hundred dollars worth of
cosmetics in the Leggett Store at Valley View Mall October 10th.
The same day they allegedly charged 900 dollars worth of merchandise at
Leggett in Lynchburg... another 2-thousand at Hecht's.
Lynchburg police caught the pair carrying five counterfeit cards. Because
they'd already been suspected of charging 16-THOUSAND dollars worth of
merchandise at Leggett in Virginia Beach in ONE day, authorities made a federal
case out of it.
A mail man in Altavista has been officially charged with stealing money out
of the mail he was supposed to deliver.
Mark C. Osborne of Gretna is accused of delaying or making off with more
than 10-thousand pieces of mail over the past two years.
A federal grand jury says the 39- year- old mail carrier took 11-dollars
from one woman's mail in Altavista, plus five dollars- -each- -from two women
in Hartwood ...all on the same day.
The state of Virginia has found a way to give residents' cars a unique look.
Several months back D-M-V asked middle and high school students throughout
the Commonwealth to design a new plate that represents Virginia's beauty.
Last night, six finalists from our area were announced.
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IN Q=I just want to
(( AIMEE BROWN/LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL: I JUST WANT TO GO OUTSIDE AND JUMP UP AND
DOWN. I'M REAL HAPPY.
MICHAEL LITTLETON/ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL: I DREW THE STATE PRESIDENTS FROM
VIRGINIA AND MY DAD SORTA GAVE ME THE IDEA. I WORKED ON THAT AND CAME UP WITH
A GOOD IDEA. ))
SUPER=01-Aimee Brown/Liberty High School; :00 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Michael Littleton/Alleghany High School; :06
OUT Q=good idea.
The six finalists received a 500- dollar U-S Savings Bond.
These winners, along with the ones from five other districts, will go on for
the Grand Prize.
That winner will be announced in December.
IN Q=Oh god. It's like
((BETH WILLIAMS/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: OH GOD. IT'S LIKE I'M SO HONORED.
I NEVER EXPECTED TO BE A SEMIFINALIST. I'M JUST SO EXCITED AND HAPPY AND JUST
SUPER=01-Beth Williams/Martinsville High School;
OUT Q=just really proud.
There were more than 35- hundred entries from students all over the state.
Once the new plate is selected it will ready for sale by May of next year.
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When we return,
Len Besthoff will give us the latest on the bidding war for Conrail--
We'll learn about the fight to SAVE a old railway station.
Stay with us.
Amherst residents want to revive their old train station after 30 years of
As Steve Smallshaw reports, they're raising money to restore the historic
IN Q=It saw its
SUPER=01-Gary Taylor/Amherst Chamber of Commerce; :17 (quick!)
OUT Q=News7, Amherst.
(( It saw its last train sometime in the 1960's, but many Amherst residents
have fond memories of their old depot.
This was the place where supplies came into town and families were reunited.
Some feel this old building still has something to offer the community.
IN Q=We look at
((GARY TAYLOR/AMHERST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE LOOK AT IT AS SORT OF AS A LINK
TO OUR PAST AND AN AVENUE TO THE FUTURE...))
OUT Q=to the future.
Gary Taylor is spearheading the Chamber of Commerce effort to save the
Amherst train station.
He's hoping a federal grant will pick up most of the half million dollar
price tag for renovations.
IN Q=If the federal
((If the federal grant money comes through what preservationists want to do is
take the train station out of its current location here on Depot Street..
and move it a few hundred yards up the hill to this spot at the intersection of
Routes 29 and 60, where it will be more accessible to tourists and local
OUT Q=and local residents.
((THIS WILL PROBABLY BE BROKEN DOWN INTO SEPARATE OFFICES AND A CONFERENCE
Once it's renovated, Taylor envisions a community center, offices and a
museum where tourists can learn the history of Amherst County.
Altavista has seen how a refurbished station can boost a town's image...
Amherst hopes to duplicate that success.
IN Q=We see it
((TAYLOR: WE SEE IT AS A COUPLE OF BENEFITS, NUMBER ONE INCREASED TOURISM AND
INCREASED TOURISM CORRELATES TO INCREASE REVENUES HERE IN THE COUNTY.))
OUT Q=here in the county.
If the grant is approved, renovations could begin within a year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst.))
Next week the eyes of the business world will be locked on a Philadelphia
Norfolk Southern, one of the largest employers in our area, will be there,
pleading its case.
The railroad is in the midst of a nasty bidding war for Conrail.
N-S is trying to derail a deal Conrail has already signed with C-S-X.
C-S-X is Norfolk Southern's cross state rival.
Len Besthoff will be in Philadelphia covering the hearing.
He joins us to explain exactly what's going on.
SO WHY IS THIS BIDDING WAR GETTING SO MUCH ATTENTION?
WHY WOULD SHAREHOLDERS NOT WANT TO TAKE THE HIGHER BID?
WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR NORFOLK SOUTHERN IF THE MERGER BETWEEN C-S-X AND
CONRAIL DOES GO THROUGH?
SUPER=330-Clear & Cold/Wind: E Light/18-22/Sunny & Chilly/Wind: E 10/44-48;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Wind: E Light/20-24/Sunny & Cool/Wind: E 10/46-50;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Wind: E 5-10/16-22/Sunny & Chilly/Wind: E 10/42-46;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Wind: E Light/14-18/Sunny & Chilly/Wind: E 10/40-45;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Wind: E 5-15/16-22/Sunny & Chilly/Wind: E 10/42-46;
Southside is getting ready to welcome a new employer to the area.
An Ohio Company has agreed to locate in Danville.
Diebold (DEE-bold) Incorporated is planning to move into a shell building at
the Airside Industrial Park.
The Danville plant will manufacture parts used to make automated teller
machines or A-T-M's.
The company is expected to eventually employ 300- people.
IN Q=I think
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR:I THINK WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND
THIS IS HOW I BELIEVE WE KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE IN DANVILLE, IF WE PROVIDE JOBS WHEN
THEY ARE THROUGH SCHOOL AND READY TO GO TO WORK, IF WE CAN PROVIDE THAT
EMPLOYMENT FOR THESE WE WILL MAKE DANVILLE YOUNG AND MORE PROSPEROUS AND THAT'S
MY CONSTANT THEME. ))
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor;
OUT Q=constant theme.
Diebold (DEE-bold) hopes to begin operating in the spring.
The state has pledged 300- thousand dollars to help the company with site
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 51 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next in sports,
U-V-A football's bowl hopes weighed greatly on the outcome of the game
between Maryland and Georgia Tech last night-- those highlights when we come
A conquering hero returns home to Atlanta.
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If you think the Virginia Cavaliers need an upset at U-N-C on Saturday to
keep their bowl hopes alive, you're right.
But what they really needed was an loss last night by Georgia Tech at the
hands of Maryland.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/ESPN; :00
And the Terps were anxious to oblige!
Brian Cummings from inside the five, throws the fade to the right corner and
GeRoy Simon hauls it in to make it 10-to-3 Terps at the half.
Georgia Tech got it down to 13-to-10 with under 30 seconds to go, but the
pass into field goal range, is tipped and picked off by Orlando Strozier.
He had two picks in the final 2 minutes to help Maryland preserve the
Newly crowned W-B-A heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield was the real deal
yesterday in his hometown.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Accompanied by his wife Janice and Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, Holyfield
paraded down Peachtree Street in a Mercedes convertible.
He says he believes losing will make Mike Tyson a better man.
IN Q="I'm sure...
((EVANDER HOLYFIELD/HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Evander Holyfield/Heavyweight Champion; :00
OUT Q=...THE YOUNG PEOPLE."
The Dallas Cowboys Charles Haley is likely out for the rest of this season.
The former William Campbell High school star, had missed five of the team's
10 games this season with recurring numbness and weakness in his leg muscles.
Yesterday the pain became so bad that he opted for surgery to remove an
He has now had four operations in the past four years.
The high school football regional semi-finals will take over the spotlight
And we'll have 11 games for you from Gate City to Naruna.
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