(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A BROTHER AND SISTER ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL, ARE KILLED THIS MORNING IN
NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS COUNTING ON A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE TO STOPS A C-S-X
--CONRAIL MERGER IN ITS TRACKS. ))
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Our top story, this Monday, November 18th-
Just one day before his murder trial, Mark Lilly pleads guilty.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Three life terms plus 22 years in prison is the maximum MARK Lilly faces for
his role in the slaying of Virginia Tech student Alexander DeFilippis.
Lilly was scheduled to stand trial tomorrow, but instead he pled guilty
today to first degree murder, abduction, carjacking, robbery and four related
At a sentencing hearing tomorrow, the defense plans to ask the judge for
leniency in light of Lilly's previous NON-violent history.
SUPER=@File; Last month a jury convicted his brother, Ben Lilly of capital
murder and recommended the death penalty.
A third defendant, Gary Barker pled guilty last summer and is serving 53
(OPEN OPEN OPEN)
Two teenagers were killed on their way to Pulaski County High School this
State police say 18 year- old Christopher Yonce and his 15 year-old sister
Stephanie Yonce were killed when they drove across route 11, and pulled into
the path of a pickup truck.
((SGT. M.B. DOWDY/VA STATE POLICE: WHEN THE TRUCK GOT FAIRLY CLOSE TO HIM,
APPARENTLY THE GUY DIDN'T SEE HIM AND PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE PICKUP. THE
PICKUP STRUCK THE CAR, DROVE IT INTO THE DITCH HERE AND THE PICKUP WENT OFF
OVER HERE INTO THE PARKING LOT. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. M.B. Dowdy/State Police;
OUT Q=the parking lot.
Pulaski County school officials called in counselors to help students cope.
((JAMES KELLY/PCHS PRINCIPAL: PEOPLE ARE MOSTLY IN A KIND OF A STATE OF SHOCK.
WE DO HAVE A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT'S BEEN PUT INTO EFFECT. WE'VE HAD
EXTRA COUNSELORS AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PEOPLE AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH
KIDS AND WITH ADULTS AS NECESSARY. ))
SUPER=01-James Kelly/Pulaski Co. High School Principal;
OUT Q=as necessary.
The accident happened around 8-15 this morning.
The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
Public hearings are underway, by the National Transportation Safety Board
in Miami on the May crash of a Valujet flight that killed all 110 people on
The investigation focuses on oxygen-generating canisters-- believed to be
behind the crash.
Byron Harlan reports.
IN Q=There was no
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL/May 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Steven Townes/Sabretech President; 1:11
SUPER=01-Susan Smith/Victim's Mother; 1:39
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:50
OUT Q=Byron Harlan, CBS News, Miami.
There was no chance for the people on board.
And what the week of hearings will show is just how desperate it was inside
the cockpit last may on valujet flight 592. Transportation officials are suing
right up front: They're not here to draw conclusions. Those will come in a
report next spring.
A report just released describes in detail what led up to the crash,
including what happened in the cockpit. First, some unidentifiable sounds.
Then the pilot wonders, "What was that"?
The co-pilot responds, "I don't know."
Pilot: "We got some electrical problem."
Pilot: "We're losing everything. we need to go back to Miami."
Then there are sounds of passengers shouting, a woman yells, "fire, fire,
Then a man shouts, "we're on fire, we're on fire." The fire
probably came from oxygen canisters, mistakenly loaded on the plane.
STEVEN TOWNES, SABRETECH PRESIDENT, "I WAS CANDID THEN AND I WON'T MINCE
Steven Townes was on the hot seat when he spoke to congress, and again now.
Workers at his firm loaded oxygen canisters onto the plane, canisters
which may have sparked the fire.
TOWNES: NOT ONE OF THOSE OXYGEN CANISTERS WAS LABELED CLEARLY AS A
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL THAT CAME OUT OF THOSE AGED AIRPLANES.
They were marked, with a tag that indicated they were items simply on
their way to be repaired.
TOWNES: THAT SHIPPING CLERK, OUR LOGISTICS STOCK ROOM PERSON, MADE THE
ERROR OF ASSUMING THAT MEANT EMPTY.
But some were full, probably fueling the fire that brought down the plane,
killing all 110 people on it, including Susan Smith's son.
SUSAN SMITH, VICTIM'S MOTHER: I DON'T BLAME ANYONE, I JUST WISH THE FAA
WOULD HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE SUGGESTIONS THAT THE NTSB GAVE THEM BACK IN 1993.
The suggestion was that the FAA require fire safety equipment in the cargo
hold of all older planes.
Now it appears that's gong to
happen as well as something else: lawsuits. There were nearly as many lawyers
as victims at day one of the hearings.
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Miami.))
Norfolk Southern took its case before a federal judge in Philadelphia
today-- in the battle to derail a CSX plan to merge with Conrail.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia; 44:39 (96-86)
Norfolk Southern maintains a merger agreement between its rival, CSX, and
Conrail of Philadelphia has been designed so no competing bids can be heard.
SOT 1:00:23 596-31
IN Q=they didn't have
SUPER=01-John Coffey/Norfolk Southern Expert Witness;
OUT Q=to vote it down.
The C-S-X bid is lower than N-S's, but Conrail says that doesn't mean the
railroad isn't worth as much.
SOT 45:17 96-86
IN Q=by definition
SUPER=01-John Beerbower/Conrail Attorney;
OUT Q=share price.
A deal with Conrail is important to both railroads, because it has a near-
monopoly on rail routes in the northeast.
The hearing is expected to last through tomorrow.
Federal prosecutors are charging a high-ranking C-I-A official with
betraying his country for money.
But first-- it's in thousands of products from soft drinks to yogurt-- but
now some charge nutrasweet is dangerous to your health.
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A debate today over the safety of aspertame-- known by most consumers as
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The allegations link aspertame and tumors-- some in the medical community
are calling for the F-D-A- and Congress to re-evaluate approval.
IN Q=I believe
((DR. RALPH WALTON/NORTHEAST OHIO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: I BELIEVE THAT IN
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IT CAN LEAD TO GRAND MAL SEIZURES, DEPRESSION PANIC
ATTACKS, WEIGHT GAIN, AND AS WE HEARD THIS MORNING. POTENTIALLY BRAIN TUMORS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ralph Walton/Northeast Ohio College of Medicine; :
OUT Q=brain tumors
But a medical consultant for the NutraSweet Kelco company says the
research is based on speculation, not science.
The company says the rise in brain tumors started in 1973-- and aspertame
came to the market in 1981.
((DR. ROBERT MOSER/NUTRASWEET MEDICAL CONSULTANT: ASPERTAME CANNOT CAUSE ANY
TUMOR INCLUDING BRAIN TUMOR. WHY? BECAUSE ASPERTAME PER SE IS COMPLETELY
DIGESTED.. THE MOLECULE ASPERTAME NEVER GETS INTO THE BLOODSTREAM, IT NEVER
REACHES ANY ORGANS, IT CANNOT GET INTO THE BRAIN, IT CAN'T CAUSE BRAIN TUMORS,
IT CANNOT CAUSE ANY TUMORS))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Moser/NutraSweet Medical Consultant; :
OUT Q=any tumors.
Dr. Moser says the F-D-A has reaffirmed the safety of aspertame 26 times,
over a 23-year-period.
A 16-year-veteran at the C-I-A, Harold Nicholson, has been arrested.
He appeared in court today to face charges of spying in exchange for at
least 100-thousand dollars.
IN Q=This defendant is
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: THE DEFENDANT IS CHARGED WITH PASSING HIGHLY-
SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE IS ALLEGED
TO HAVE PROVIDED THEM WITH THE IDENTITIES OF VARIOUS CIA OFFICIALS WHO WORKED-
-OR WERE ASSIGNED TO LOCATIONS- -OVERSEAS, INCLUDING MOSCOW.))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=including Moscow.
The C-I-A says Nicholson endangered the lives of those C-I-A officers, as
well as their contacts overseas.
Roanoke City Council voted tonight to disband the existing Henry Street
Tonight, council heard a report by the Henry Street Revival Committee.
It recommended that a NEW group organize and create a plan to breathe new
life into the old neighborhood.
It also suggested more involvement from the black community.
Some say the recommendations SOUND good, but they want more assurance.
IN Q=WE would like
((REV. LEONARD HINES: WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME THINGS IN WRITING, SO THAT WE
CAN HOLD YOU TO IT. WE WANT TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT YOU SAY YOU'RE
GOING TO DO. ))
SUPER=07-Rev. Leonard Hines;
OUT Q=going to do
Meanwhile no action will be taken on the orginial committee's report for
another 90 days.
Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the Roanoke Express is NOT taking its recent
success on the ice for granted-- (----------------)
And the Mill Mountain Star will remain a symbol of drunk driving awareness
throughout the holiday season.
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The Mill Mountain Star will remain a regional symbol against drunk driving
through the holidays.
The Star has been turned red twice since September first, following
alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Today, Roanoke City Council agreed to extend the "Keep the Star White"
IN Q=And I realize
((BRENDA ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: AND I REALIZE THAT PEOPLE IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY ARE VERY PROUD OF THE STAR, BUT WE CAN BE THE FIRST REGIONAL
SYMBOL ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY TO SAY WE CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS. WE CARE ABOUT
OUR INDIVIDUALS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A HUMAN LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Altman/Mothers Against Drunk Driving;
OUT Q=importance of a human life.
The campaign is NOT permanent.
Council will consider the issue again next year, after the Mill Mountain
Development Committee offers its recommendation.
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Stay tuned-- for our video of the day when News-7 Primetime on WEFC,
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On Health Check-- six more people have tested positive for salmonella
poisoning in central Virginia.
So far 17- people, including six employees at the Jumbo Family Restaurant in
Lynchburg have been affected by the virus.
Health officials say it's possible either a macaroni and cheese dish or
gravy served at the restaurant may have been the source of the poisoning.
Jumbo's reopened today on a limited basis after voluntarily closing its
doors when the outbreak was reported.
There is encouraging news for the millions of people suffering from
It comes in the form of a new drug that APPEARS to improve memory function
in the elderly to levels seen in young people.
It's called Antha-kine C-X- 5-16.
Some neurologists consider the findings exciting-- but do have
reservations-- about the drugs impact on the overall disease.
IN Q=Because the drug
((DR. DONALD PRICE/JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: BECAUSE THE DRUG IS NOT DIRECTED AT
THE PRIMARY DISEASE PROCESS IN THE BRAIN, IT WILL ONLY BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD
HAVE A SHORT TERM EFFECT
AND WOULDN'T SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT ON THE DISEASE PROCESS ITSELF. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Donald Price/Johns Hopkins University; :
OUT Q=process itself.
The National Institutes of Health has agreed to oversee the first human
trials on the drug-- to begin within the next few months.
Now, tonight....time for our walk on the weirder side.
SUPER=03-Mt. Pleasant, SC; :
We take you to South Carolina, where managers of the Bi-Lo Grocery chain
take customers seriously when they have complaints.
That's why, when a woman complained about an evil baby doll on sale at the
store....the doll got the boot.
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OUT Q=NAT SOUND
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
A customer complained the "Ticklish Tot" as she's named, spouts hidden
electronic messages that refer to sex and drugs.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=Nat sound
Bi-Lo has pulled the doll from the shelves of its stores in North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
The doll's maker says people are just imagining things.
toss to mike
Coming your way on tonight's PrimeTime sports here on WEFC Steve Mason checks
in with the Express, the NBA passes out some fines, and we'll get airborne with
some Daredevils of Dunk.
But first, Lou Holtz, the man who got his head coaching start at William &
Mary will give up his job at Notre dame tomorrow.
School officials says they expect the revered head coach to step down at his
weekly newsconference at one.
And another report out of the Chicago area tonight says that Indians' free
agent slugger Albert Belle has agreed to a 5 year 50 million dollar contract
with the Whitesox.
Now tonight's scores.
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wipe to scores
oc= LAST SCORE
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The Roanoke Express will be back rocking the Roundhouse tomorrow night as the
Wheeling Nailers come to town hoping to hammer out a win.
Steve Mason hits the nail on the head in tonight's report.
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SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Express Defenseman; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :28
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :53
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The NBA only has one game tonight as the Kings are battling the Grizzlies in
a game that just tipped off a few minutes ago.
The league, however, did not take the day off, as the Pacers Reggie Miller
was fined $10 thousand bucks and Larry Brown $5 thousand for calling the
referees "comical" an "embarrassment" and a "joke" after a recent game.
For some folks the best part of college basketball is halftime when dance
teams, contests, and giveaways fire up the crowds.
But no one gives it up like these guys.
Meet the Bud Light Daredevils a full-time high flying act that delights
crowds all over the country at halftime shows.
Yesterday, the Daredevils were in town to help the Roanoke Civic Center
celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Different Daredevils have entertained over 8 million fans since 1980, but
please don't try this at home
IN Q="It is a bit...
((MARK ODGERS/DAREDEVILS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Mark Odgers/Daredevils Captain; :00
OUT Q=...OUT THERE."
The Daredevils are basketball's Doctors of dunk, but don't expect to them to
beat too many people in a game of one-on-one.
IN Q="One of my...
((KYLE HEIKKILA/DAREDEVIL DUNKER:))
SUPER=01-Kyle Heikkila/Daredevil Dunker; :00
OUT Q=...pretty much."
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
SUPER=76-Under Whose Influence?
Melanie Moon begins her series "Under Whose Influence?" a look at substance
abuse and teenagers.
SUPER=77-Lowdown on Lowry
Plus we'll laugh along with Mark Lowry-- a comedian who calls himself a
"clean comic"-- and he has ties to our area.
All this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching
Have a good night.