The battle continues in Philadelphia over Conrail.
And another case of legionnaires disease is reported, but this time its in
No big changes in store as the jet continues to funnel in the cloud cover
across the region. I'll have the latest from the News 7 Weather Center, and
the sports of the day.
The bitter legal battle between Norfolk Southern and Conrail has entered its
second day in a Philadelphia courtroom.
N-S is trying to convince a federal judge to temporarily delay a merger
between Conrail and C-S-X.
N-S says the deal prevents other offers from being heard.
The parade of men in dark suits and cart loads of documents going into the
courthouse is evidence that a lot of testimony is going to be heard today,
leading to speculation that the hearing may go on another day.
SUPER=01-Craig Lewis/Norfolk Southern Attorney
N-S wrapped up its presentation by mid morning but C-S-X has yet to state
N-S is one of the largest employers in our area. It values Conrail because
of its strong northeastern presence.
Len Besthoff is in Philadelphia covering the hearing and he joins us now
live via phone.
Len can you bring us up to date on what's been argued in the courtroom this
And judging by what you've heard in the courtroom today and yesterday, is
there a feeling that Norfolk Southern has made a strong case against the
proposed C-S-X-Conrail merger?
What recourse does N-S have if today's ruling is against the company and in
favor of C-S-X?
Family members took the stand on behalf of MARK Lilly today.
His sentence will likely be handed down later this afternoon.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including first degree
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.
A case of Legionnaire's disease has been confirmed in central Virginia --
but authorities say they don't believe there's a link to a recent outbreak in
the New River Valley.
The newest victim is at Lynchburg General Hospital.
No information is available about him, at his family's request.
The source of the New River Valley outbreak was pinpointed last week as a
hot tub at a building supply store in Christiansburg.
16 cases were diagnosed in that outbreak, including one death.
A brother and sister died yesterday in a car accident yesterday.
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-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 driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
The U-S is using its veto -- to demand new leadership at the U-N.
update window 11:30
The United States today vetoed the re-election of Boutros Boutros-Ghali for
another term as secretary-general.
The Security Council vote, behind closed doors, was 14 to one.
Senior U-S officials say replacing Boutros-Ghali is the only way to persuade
the Republican controlled Congress to pay the one and a-half billion dollars
the U-S owes the world body.
President Clinton is down under, where he plans to mix business with
OUT Q=21 gun salute.
After receiving a 21-gun salute Mr. Clinton met with Australian Prime
Minister John Howard.
He's also expected to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and try to work in a
round of golf.
The stop is the first of a nine-day tour of Asia.
Meantime, President Clinton has scaled back plans to send a large military
force to aid relief efforts in Zaire.
He is considering sending a smaller contingent, in addition to 140 million
dollars to help refugees.
Administration officials say the plans changed because of the massive return
of refugees to Rwanda.
Pope John Paul is taking a trip to Cuba.
The Vatican says he accepted an invitation offered today during a historic
visit from Fidel Castro.
The Pope wants greater freedom for Cuba's catholics.
Official say the visit is likely to take place sometime next year.
Cuba is the only Latin American country the Pope has never visited.
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When the newscast continues,
Chaos reigned UNDER the English Channel.
Big changes may be underway at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and other Carilion
But first, let's check in with Patrick...
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The federal government is set to compensate victims and relatives of Cold
War-era radiation experiments.
An Energy Department official says an announcement is expected later today.
The official says the government will pay almost five million dollars to
settle 12 of 18 claims.
A trip from France to England via the chunnel turned into a near death
Several people were overcome with smoke when a fire broke out in the
middle of the chunnel.
It's the worst accident since the fifteen mile long tunnel beneath the
English Channel opened two years ago.
Mark Phillips has the story.
SUPER=03-Near Calais, France; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Welsh/Firefighter; :56
SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=CBS News, London
Fire was always the biggest fear for the operators of the tunnel
and the elaborate rescue plans that had been drawn up were - it
turns out -- necessary. The fire broke out about ten miles into
the trip on a truck being carried on a freight train travelling
from France to England. Of the thirty-four people on board --
eight had to be treated for smoke inhalation -- two of them,
including a pregnant woman, four more seriously injured than the
others -- but all are said to be out of danger now.
truck driver: "FIRE ALARMS WERE GOING AND SUDDENLY THE HOLE PLACE FILLED WITH
There are actually three tunnels in the so-called chunnel... two
rail lines and an emergency tunnel that runs between them.
The injured evacuated into the emergency passage and then
brought back to the French side on a passenger train running in
the unaffected tunnel. The fire spread to other heavy goods or
HGV vehicles and a combined French-English fire fighting
operation took all night to finally put the blaze out.
BILL WELSH/FIREFIGHTER:"THERE WAS AT LEAST 6 HGV VEHICLES WELL ALIGHT, SO YOU
CAN IMAGING ALL THE TIRES, ALL THE TARPAULINS, ALL THE HYDRAULIC FLUID
ALL BURNIN', GIVIN' OFF DAWK, FICK, DENSE, SMOKE."
Elaborate safety measures had been built into the tunnel and
there are supposed to be strict controls on what sort of goods
are allowed to use the facility.
But the investigation that has already begun will be asking
questions as to how this fire began, and how it spread. The
tunnel meanwhile was closed this morning. Limited operation in
the unaffected link are expected to begin later today, but the
tunnel where the fire took place is expected to be out of service
for weeks or months. MP, CBSN, London.))
Carilion Health System employees got a visit from the country's largest
union of health care workers.
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 breaking of the Harold Nicholson spy case, appears to be just one of
many espionage cases under investigation.
C-I-A and F-B-I officials say a number of cases involving the C-I-A and
other agencies are currently being probed.
Forty-six-year-old Harold Nicholson is the highest-ranking C-I-A
officer to face espionage charges.
He's accused of selling the
names of new C-I-A trainees to the Russians for 120-thousand
((JOHN DEUTCH/CIA DIRECTOR:
"I THINK THAT THIS CASE ILLUSTRATES THAT THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES
REMAIN VERY ACTIVE IN TARGETING, NOT ONLY THE CIA, BUT OTHER US NATIONAL
SUPER=01-John Deutch/CIA Director;
OUT Q=security organizations.
Nicholson has been charged with spying for Moscow since 19-94.
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.
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Still to come on the newscast,
A historic lift off from the kennedy Space Center,
The Roanoke Star is a hot topic-- we'll find out if it will continue to be a
reminder of drunk driving deaths.
Roanoke City Council last night discussed where the Mill Mountain Star
figured into its campaign against drunk driving.
Twice since September first, the star has burned red for 24 hours following
an alcohol- related traffic fatality.
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.
American Airlines is adding a major piece of equipment to its first aid kit.
Its plans will soon carry portable defibrillators to help revive people who
suffer a heart attack in the sky.
The machines deliver an electric shock to the heart.
The U-S government approved the use of the equipment in the air just this
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, 19-99, the 55th
anniversary of D-Day.
A historic liftoff today from the Kennedy Space Center.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
Shortly before three o'clock America's oldest shuttle, Columbia, is set to
carry the nation's oldest astronaut, Story Musgrave into orbit.
The 61- year- old will make a record-tying sixth trip into space.
The 16 day mission for Musgrave and Columbia's four other astronauts
includes two spacewalks, and the launching of two satellites.
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Stocks are pushing back into record territory.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 35 points.
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Still to come on the newscast,
One of college football's most glamorized programs is losing its coach at
the end of the season.
The Cowboys can't get to the end zone-- but they do come away with a Monday
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This week's Monday night matchup really put the FOOT in FOOTBALL.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/ABC Sports;
Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol (BONE-yole)tied an N-F-L record with 7 field
goals for all of Dallas's 21 points.
The Cowboys defense dominated. The Green Bay Packers did not score any
points until the fourth quarter.
The score was 18-6 Cowboys until the final seconds, when Boniol hits the
record tying field goal.
Cowboys win 21-6.
The suspense concerning Lou Holtz's future as Notre Dame's head football
coach is over.
He has resigned and his resignation takes effect at the end of the season.
The Fighting Irish coach gave no reason for the resignation.
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.
Holtz got his head coaching start at William & Mary back in 19-69.
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
(Kree-gur) takes Peter Bondra's assist and beats John Vanbiesbrouck
(Van-Bees-brook) at the 6:02 mark of the first period.
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 last night 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.