Coming up next on News 7 at six...
An accident claims the lives of a brother and sister on their way to
Pulaski County high school.
And we'll a LIVE report from Philadelphia where Norfolk Southern is trying
hard to derail a competitor's merger.
Tonight in sports, we'll check out some slam dunkers, who spend their time
with their heads at rim level.
Steve Mason checks in with the Express as they get ready to play four games
in five days this week.
Plus, school officials say Lou Holtz will step down as Notre Dame's head
Be ready for the rains to taper off but patchy dense fog to replace it later
An accident claimed the lives of two teenagers on their way to Pulaski
County High School 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.
One of the Roanoke area's most prominent employers took its case to a
Philadelphia courtroom today.
Norfolk Southern is trying to convince a federal judge that a merger
agreement between its rival, CSX, and Conrail of Philadelphia has been designed
so no competing bids can be heard.
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Len Besthoff is in the newsroom of our CBS affiliate in Philadelphia with
the latest from the hearing.
((Rollcue: ...so now a judge, is.) ***Rolled IN HOUSE***********
IN Q=How do you think
SUPER=01-Craig Lewis/Norfolk Southern Attorney; :18
SUPER=01-John Beerbower/Conrail Attorney; :41
OUT Q=share price.
(Len ad lib)
(Question: What exactly does Norfolk-Southern want the judge to do?
Question: Was David Goode there today?)
The trial is under way for a 20 year- old man charged in the abduction and
murder of a Wythe County teenager.
Jason Hibbs is accused in the death of 17 year- old Ricky Lee Coleman.
Authorities say Coleman got drunk and destructive at Hibbs home last
January, so Hibbs punched him out.
Hibbs and two other friends allegedly drove Coleman to a remote road, and
dumped him over a creek bank, where he died of exposure.
Defense attorney Lee Chitwood told the jury it was "a decision born in a
haze of alcohol, motivated by childish and irrational fears."
Hibbs is expected to testify.
His co-defendants, Eric Ball and Eric Wimmer are scheduled for trial later.
Three life terms plus 22 years in prison is the maximum Mark Lilly faces in
the killing 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
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Still to come on newscast, efforts are under way again to unionize Carilion
and we'll hear how teenagers are dealing with peer pressure in a world of drugs
as we begin a special series tonight "Under Whose influence."
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Jury selection will continue tomorrow in the capital murder trial of Dennis
Stoneman is charged in the deaths of his sister in law, Tina Quisenberry, and
her husband, Steve Quisenberry.
The couple was gunned down in their car at a Hillsville Apartment complex,
where Stoneman's estranged wife and sons were living.
Tina Quisenberry's six year old son witnessed the shooting but was physically
Stoneman's FIFTEEN- year old son was with his father at the time. He's
expected to be a key witness for the prosecution.
GRAPHIC=Under Whose Influence
More of America's teenagers are getting stoned or smashed.
Harsh words-- but they represent reality: What appears to be a losing
battle in the war on teen substance use.
SS=Under Whose Influence (full screen)
Melanie Moon wants you to ask yourself "Under Whose Influence" are your
Here is part one of her four-part report.
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
The stock market ended its eight-day streak of records today.
The DOW was down, by just ONE point, closing today at 63-hundred-47.
NASDAQ fell seven points.
The largest union of health care workers in the United States is the
latest to meet with employees of Carilion Health System.
Representatives of the Service Employees International Union are back in
Roanoke for their third visit in six weeks.
They hope to organize nurses and other employees at Carilion facilities.
IN Q=We're very strong.
((DENNIS O'CONNELL/SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION: WE'RE VERY STRONG.
WE'RE HOPING WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AS FAR AS JOINING THE
CAMPAIGN AND THEN WHAT WE WILL DO IS DEMAND RECOGNITION FROM THE HOSPITAL AND
HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis O'Connell/Service Employees Int. Union;
OUT Q=collective bargaining agreement.
Representatives of at least one other union have also been meeting with
Carilion employees in recent weeks.
The familiar blaze- orange returned to the woodlands of Virginia as General
Firearms Season got underway.
Does and bucks were dragged into local check points... like this one in
Officials around the state reported a moderate flow of kills... but nowhere
near the first day numbers of last year.
An early muzzleloading season coupled with the wet weather are believed to
be the reasons for the decrease in numbers.
Those hunters who did brave the rain said it was worth it.
IN Q=It's peaceful
((BENNY NAFF/LOCAL HUNTER: IT'S PEACEFUL. IT GETS YOU AWAY FROM EVERYDAY LIFE I
RECKON. I JUST ENJOY BEING OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Benny Naff/Local Hunter;
OUT Q=out there
While the hunters were tracking deer, others were tracking trends.
Biologists with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries got help from
some Virginia Tech students in compiling data on the bucks and does.
IN Q=It's important
((DAVE STEFFEN/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES: IT'S IMPORTANT
FOR US TO MANAGE THE DEER HERD TO LOOK AT THE CONDITION OF THE DEER, BODY
WEIGHTS AGE STRUCTURE, THE AGE DATA. WE'LL RECONSTRUCT THE POPULATIONS. WE'LL
COME UP WITH POPULATION ESTIMATES AROUND THE STATE. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Steffen/Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries;
OUT Q=the state
General Firearms season runs through November 30th.
Coming up tonight in sports, Notre Dame officials say Lou Holtz will make his
resignation official tomorrow, the Roanoke Express is getting in shape for four
games this week,
And step aside Michael Jordan and move over Shawn Kemp - we're about to meet
the highest flying group of slammers and jammers you've ever seen.
After days of speculation, rumor and innuendo, North dame coach Lou Holtz
will make his resignation from the University official tomorrow.
Two university employees confirmed tonight that Holtz met the school's
athletic director and Vice-President today 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.
It looks like the Albert Belle sweepstakes is now looking to Chicago instead
of Florida for a winner.
The free agent Indians slugger appeared to be headed to the Florida Marlins
as late as last Friday.
But today 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 Express host Wheeling tomorrow night at the Round House.
Steve Mason checks in with the team during a Monday morning workout.
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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"
If you're a big college basketball fans and you've attend a few games over
the years, you may have seen these next guys in action, in person.
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."
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Call him hyperactive--
But Mark Lowry has made a career out of it.
The Christian comedian will be acting up tonight at the Salem Civic
Lowry is a graduate of Liberty University, and is known for his humorous
tales of growing up in the Bible Belt.
He also write songs, and has recorded several albums. (----------------)
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