Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
A guilty plea in the murder of a Virginia Tech student.
Investigators release the last words of the victims of last spring's
And some doctors are sending a warning to people who use Nutrasweet.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Good evening... Even on paper, the words are chilling.
Federal investigators released transcripts from the cockpit voice recorder
on board the Valujet plane that crashed into the Florida Everglades.
Passengers are heard yelling about fire in the cabin.
An unfolding tragedy in South Carolina. Police found the body of a man
suspected of killing his son and three step children.
Some doctors are concerned about nutrasweet. They say the artificial
sweetener is linked to brain tumors.
Those stories and more tonight on News 7 at 11.
Less than three weeks after a Montgomery County jury set his brother's
punishment at death, MARK Lilly has avoided a jury trial and pled guilty.
Lilly will be sentenced tomorrow for first degree murder, abduction,
robbery, carjacking and four related gun charges.
The convictions stem from the death of Virginia Tech student Alexander
Lilly and a third co-defendant, Gary Barker, both confessed to police and
named Lilly's brother BEN as the shooter.
MARK Lilly faces a maximum of three life terms plus 22 years in prison.
Two Pulaski county high school students lost their lives following an
automobile accident this morning.
State police say 18 year- old Christopher Yonce stopped his vehicle in a
crossover on route 11.
He and his 15 year-old sister Stephanie Yonce were killed when he pulled
into the path of a northbound 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/VA State Police;
OUT Q=the parking lot.
Pulaski County school officials expressed sorrow over the accident, and
assembled counselors to help students cope with the loss.
((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/PCHS Principal;
OUT Q=as necessary.
The accident happened around 8-15 this morning.
The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
We now know some of what went on inside the Valujet plane that crashed in
the Florida Everglades last May.
Transcripts from the cockpit voice recorder were released today.
Byron Harlan has details from Miami.
IN Q=There was no chance
SUPER=03-Dade County, FL/May 1996; :00
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :08
SUPER=01-Steven Townes/Sabretech President; 1:12quick
SUPER=01-Susan Smith/Victim's Mother; 1:18
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:28
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami
In at 16:48:58
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
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,
FIRE, FIRE." THEN A MAN SHOUTS, "WE'RE ON FIRE, WE'RE ON FIRE."... FIRE THAT
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."
SUSAN SMITH, VICTIM'S MOTHER, "I DON'T BLAME ANYONE, I JUST WITH THE FAA
WOULD HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE SUGGESTIONS THAT THE NTSB GAVE THEM BACK IN 1993."
HARLAN STANDUP CLOSE: THE SUGGESTION WAS THAT THE FAA REQUIRE FIRE SAFETY
EQUIPMENT I THE CARGO HOLD OF ALL OLDER PLANES. NOW IT APPEARS THAT'S GOING 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.))
South Carolina police have found the body of a man suspected of killing four
They've been looking for Johnny Satterwhite since they found his son and
three step children shot to death in the family home.
His body was found in a reservoir today, police believe he drowned.
The children's mother left home last week because of marital problems.
She found the children yesterday, after Satterwhite told her there was a
package waiting for her at the house.
The Russians may know the identity of every CIA agent trained over the last
Government officials have charged CIA station chief Harold Nicholson with
selling information about American spies abroad.
Nicholson was arrested while trying to fly to Switzerland. He'd been seen
The head of the agency says the U.S. is better now at catching spys since
the infamous case of CIA official Aldrich Ames, who sold secrets to the Kremlin
for almost a decade.
It's sweet but is it harmful? Doctors are arguing about the safety of the
artificial sweetener aspartame, also known as Nutrasweet.
A group of physicians, and the Center For Science in the Public Interest is
raising concern about a study that says a sharp increase in the number of brain
tumors is linked the use of Nutrasweet.
A medical consultant for the company that makes nutrasweet says aspartame
itself can't cause tumors, because it is completely digested by the body.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, we'll hear how local teens are dealing with
peer pressure in the war against drugs,
and from Philadelphia, Len Besthoff tells us what Norfolk Southern is trying
to do to stop a giant merger of its rivals.
Robin in WX CENTER
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One of the Roanoke area's largest employers took its case to a Philadelphia
Norfolk Southern is trying to convince a federal judge that a merger
agreement between C-S-X and Conrail has been illegally designed to prevent
Len Besthoff has more.
IN Q=How do you think
SUPER=01-Craig Lewis/Norfolk Southern Attorney; :18
SUPER=01-John Beerbower/Conrail Attorney; :41
OUT Q=News 7 Philadelphia
GRAPHIC=Under Whose Influence
After years of decline, researchers are finding a harsh reality.
More teens than ever before are frequently abusing illegal substances.
Some say it is becoming obvious that America is losing the war on drugs.
SS=Under Whose Influence (full screen)
In this the first of four parts, Melanie Moon asks "Under Whose Influence"
are your children?
SUPER=01-Jodi Widener/Former Drug User; :37
SUPER=01-Trina Fluellen/PH Pride Team; :58
SUPER=01-Margie Twigg/Adolescent Therapist; 1l27
SUPER=01-Lisa Childress/Hidden Valley Jr. High; 2:01
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke.
NANCY REAGAN: HAS ANYONE OFFERED YOU MARIJUANA OR ANYTHING?
In the mid eighties Nancy Reagan helped launch a media blitz to combat teen
The Message was Just Say No to Drugs.
But more than ten years later, is a new generation hearing a different
STUDENT:IF YOU DON'T DO DRUGS YOU'RE NOT COOL.
STUDENT:IT IS MORE THE IN THING TO USE DRUGS AND YOUR UNCOOL IF YOU DON'T.
IT IS COOL TO DO DRUGS, IT IS COOL IS WHAT THEY SAY,
Jodi Widener is 17 years old and just beginning treatment for a drug
addiction that included marijuana, acid and speed,
She says it all started with alcohol and a need to fit in.
JODI: I FELT LIKE IF I DIDN'T DO IT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WAS THAT NO ONE WAS
GOING TO LIKE ME, AND I THINK IT'S A LOT LIKE THAT FOR TEENS TODAY.
And the pressure is not just from peers,
Some of today's teen role models are rock groups whose members have been
linked to drug use,-- and
feature films like the controversial "Trainspotting," are sending mixed
MOST RAPPERS, OR ANY OTHER SINGER, SAYING DRUGS ARE COOL TO DO IT.
Two new studies also offer alarming insight.
One was a government Study that found ten point six percent of teens using
drugs monthly, up from 8.2 in 1994.
The other study, conducted by the National Parents' Resource Institute
showed teen drug use at 18.3 percent, up from 10.6 percent in 1987.
MARGIE TWIGG/ADOLESCENT THERAPIST :I WORK HERE IN ROANOKE AND EVERY SCHOOL
IN OUR ARE AS FAR AS 100 MILE RADIUS, MIDDLE SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH
SCHOOL HAVE DRUGS IN THEM.
THEY'RE EASIER TO GET A HOLD OF AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DOING IT, I HAVE A LOT
OF FRIENDS WHO ARE DRUG ADDICTS.
The PRIDE survey also showed another shocking trend. Fewer students than
ever said their parents warned them about drug and alcohol use.
Students say most of their drug education is taught here by their teachers.
LISA CHILDRESS: I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO EDUCATE PARENTS ON WHAT IS
REALLY OUT THERE AND WHAT THEIR KIDS ARE FACING, BECAUSE SOMETIMES I'M NOT SURE
KIDS ARE DOING DRUGS, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE KID DOES NOT COME HOMES,
SMELLING LIKE WEED OR ANYONE OTHER KIND OF ALCOHOL THEY SHOULD TALK TO THEIR
KIDS ABOUT NOT DOING DRUGS AT AN EARLY AGE.
Melanie Moon, News 7, Roanoke.))
Tomorrow Melanie exams how today's drug problem may be a flashback from the
Soft Music Under
Up next, residents near Henry Street say they want less talk and more
and coming up a little later in the newscast we'll meet Mark Lowry. More
activity has never been a problem for this hyperactive comedian.
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GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Henry Street Revival Committee is no more--
But it did get the last word at tonight's Roanoke City Council meeting.
Council heard the committee's report on ways to revitalize Henry Street.
Its main suggestion was to disband, and have a new group chart the course
of the neighborhood--
with more representation from the black community.
Meanwhile, some residents say they've had enough talk and are ready for
the city to take action on the project.
IN Q=Let's get the
((REV. LEONARD HINES: LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING AND LET'S WORK OUT THESE
DIFFERENCES AS MUCH AS WE CAN AND GO FORWARD WITH THE PROGRAM. ))
((LEROY LOWE: THE COMMUNITY IS READY TO PLAY. WE DO WANT TO PARTICIPATE. WE
DO WANT TO HAVE THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY EXHIBITED IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND
DEVELOPMENT OF HENRY STREET. ))
SUPER=07-Rev. Leonard Hines;
SUPER=07-Leroy Lowe; :08
OUT Q=of Henry Street
Council officially voted to disband the existing Henry Street committee.
But they'll hold off any action on the committee's report for at least 90
The Mill Mountain Star was also on the agenda today, as city council
decided whether to extend a campaign against drunk driving.
Twice since September first, the star has burned red for 24 hours following
an alcohol- related traffic fatality.
Today, Council agreed to extend the program through the holiday season.
IN Q=We have something
((BRENDA ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: WE HAVE SOMETHING IN THIS AREA
THAT WE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF. 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=a human life.
City council did not make a permanent decision. The issue will come up
again next year, after the Mill Mountain Development Committee offers a
recommendation on the Star to City Council.
Financing for the national D-Day memorial is starting to pick up steam.
The eight- million dollar complex will be located in the city of Bedford,
which lost 21 native sons on the beaches of Normandy.
Organizers have been making the rounds of area localities, trying to drum up
financial support for the project.
They got an oral commitment from the Campbell County board of supervisors
IN Q=Certainly the
((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL EXEC. DIRECTOR: CERTAINLY THE REGION THAT THE
MEMORIAL IS LOCATED IN WILL HAVE BENEFITS OF THE MEMORIAL, ANY NATIONAL
MEMORIAL, BEING HERE. BUT THE REAL PURPOSE IS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE THAT WERE
THERE FOR THIS EVENT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Memorial Exec. Director; :00
OUT Q=for this event.
One- fourth of the eight million dollar price tag has been raised so far.
The foundation hopes to dedicate the memorial on June 6th, 1999, the 55th
anniversary of D-Day.
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It looks like the Albert Belle sweepstakes winner is now in Chicago.
The free agent Indians slugger appeared to be headed to the Florida Marlins
as late as last Friday.
But yesterday a source close to Belle has told a Chicago radio station that
he will sign with the White Sox for $50 million over 5 years.
The Washington Caps have climbed above the 500 mark on the season thanks to
their ability to win on the road last night against the Eastern Conference
leading the Florida Panthers.
SUPER=03-Miami/Capitals vs. Panthers; :00
The Caps got off to a fast start and never looked back as Todd Krygier takes
Peter Bondra's assist and beats John Vanbiesbrouck at the 6:02 mark of the
Chris Simon, who had two goals in the game would score the next one as he
takes another Bondra assist and converts from in front, as the Caps win the
game 4-to-2, but lose the fight.
Take a look at the best right SUPER=31-Washington/4/Florida/2;
uppercut you'll ever see in hockey.
The Panthers Paul Laus nails Craig Feruby with the wicked shot to the chin.
Also, last night the Boston Bruins won their third straight game by doubling
up the San Jose Sharks 4-to-2.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Sharks vs. Bruins; :00
Sandy Moger would ignite the Bruins this evening with two goals and an assist
as the Bruins stay perfect SUPER=31-San Jose/2/Boston/4;
against San Jose.
The SharkS have yet to win in 10 meetings with Boston.
The suspense concerning Lou Holtz's future as Notre Dame's head football
coach will end this afternoon when he officially announces his resignation.
Two university employees confirmed tonight that Holtz met with the school's
athletic director and Vice-President yesterday to discuss his departure.
Already Northwestern's Gary Barnett has surfaced as the top candidate to
IN Q="I have...
((GARY BARNETT/NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Gary Barnett/Northwestern Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THAT SPECULATION.
Fans will never forget Holtz's reign at Notre Dame, and most will remember
his days at Minnesota and Arkansas, and some will recall his four year stay at
wipe to pinnacle board
but, do you remember that Holtz got his head coaching start at William & Mary
back in 1969.
In his three years in Williamsburg, Holtz never had a winning record a
13-and-20 overall mark while with the Tribe.
What a difference a week makes for the Redskins. Last Monday we were talking
about their playoff hopes starting to decline.
But after beating the Eagles yesterday they are back on top in the NFC East.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
The Skins face the 49ers this weekend at home, and while they're still not a
lock for the postseason, the team has already mailed out playoff ticket orders
to season ticket holders.
Andre Rison might want to watch one of the games if he can get a ticket. This
afternoon the Jaguars released the four time Pro Bowler.
The Seahwaks have lost former Skins quarterback John Friesz for the rest of
the season with a broken bone in his left leg.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason takes us inside the Roundhouse where the
doing anything but laying down on the job with four games coming up in the
next five days.
The 1996 Division Three football playoffs begin this coming weekend with 16
teams trying to make it to Salem for the December 14th Stagg Bowl.
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This is the fourth year Salem Stadium has hosted the event, and many of you
no doubt remember the first Stagg Bowl in Salem back in 1993, when the only
thing stronger than the wind and blowing snow was quarterback Jim Ballard of
The Purple Raiders eventually won the title, and this year they're on a
collision course with Salem again as they come into the playoffs as the
IN Q="I can tell...
((STEVE BAMFORD/NCAA DIVISION III FOOTBALL CHAIRMAN:))
SUPER=01-Steve Bamford/NCAA Division III Football Chairman; :00
OUT Q=...points a game."
Tickets for the December 14th game that will feature the two best teams in
the nation are available at the Salem Civic Center box office. They are $8 for
adults and $5 for students. A special $3.50 a ticket group rate is available
for scouts and teams.
The Wheeling Nailers come to town tomorrow night to battle the Express,and
hopefully find a new nickname.
Steve Mason checks in with the Express today during their rigorous workout at
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Express Defenseman; :41
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; 1:10
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain; 1:34(QUICK!!!!)
OUT Q=nEWS 7 SPORTS"
Mark Lowry was a hyperactive child--
But as an adult, he's making a living laughing about it.
The Christian comedian performed for nearly four- thousand fans tonight
at the Salem Civic Center.
Lowry says he never planned to be a comedian-- he actually began his
career singing in church.
But his humor does spread an important message to hyperactive children.
IN Q=My point is,
((MARK LOWRY/CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN: MY POINT IS, I WANT, HYPERACTIVE KIDS TO KNOW
THEY'RE SPECIAL THAT IF YOU AREN'T HYPERACTIVE, YOU AIN'T MUCH. YOU KNOW,
THERE'S TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE, HYPERACTIVE AND BORING. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Lowry/Christian Comedian;
OUT Q=and boring
Boring, he isn't.
Lowry keeps busy writing songs, children's books, and performing with the
Gaither Vocal Band.
As for his shows, Lowry wants the audience to come away with a feeling of
encouragement-- and of course, plenty of laughs.
IN Q=Take life a little
((MARK LOWRY/CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN: TAKE LIFE A LITTLE LESS SERIOUSLY. I MEAN,
IT'S SERIOUS ENOUGH AS IT IS. AND I THINK THAT THE THINGS YOU'RE CRYING ABOUT
NOW, YOU'LL BE LAUGHING ABOUT IN 10 YEARS. ))
OUT Q=in 10 years
Tonight's show was a bit of a homecoming for Lowry-- He graduated from
Liberty University, where his mother still teaches.