TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...WHY DID TWO COMMUTER PLANES COLLIDE ON THE
RUNWAY IN ILLINOIS? THAT QUESTION IS STILL UNANSWERED.
NORFOLK SOUTHERN FAILS TO CONVINCE THE COURT OF APPEALS IT NEEDS AN
INJUNCTION TO BLOCK A CONRAIL- CSX MERGER.
IT'S WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH- OUR TOP STORY
AFTER THREE HOURS OF DELIBERATION A JURY FINDS DENNIS STONEMAN GUILTY OF
CAPITAL MURDER. ))
OUT Q=capital murder.
Good Evening, You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
A Carroll County jury heard two days of testimony-- before convicting
Stoneman of capital murder.
Tracy Altizer joins us from Hillsville with details.
double boxes Connie/Tracy
(roll Cue: "...17 year old son.")
SUPER=01-D. J. Stoneman/Defendant's Son; :14
SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Defendant's Wife; : 32
OUT Q=jury seen that.
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For the second day in a row, Norfolk Southern came up short in court--
Last night a Philadelphia judge denied the railroad's request to delay a
merger between its rival C-S-X and Conrail...a carrier that dominates the
Today, NS's motion to immediately halt the deal was brought to an appeals
court and it was ALSO denied.
The judges may still hear an appeal from N-S, which could block the C-S-X
-- Conrail merger at a later date.
It now appears 29 people are dead-- and scores of people injured in Hong
Kong, after a fire broke out in a business district.
It started on the lower floors of the 16-story commercial building, but
spread quickly through the lift shafts, to the top of the building.
Several people were trapped in stairways, and on the top floor--
Others jumped-- and some were lifted to safety by helicopter.
150 firefighters have been battling the blaze for hours-- it is still
The building apparently does not meet modern fire protection standards.
GRAPHIC=plane crash inv.
Investigators are still at the site of last night's runway collision in
All 14 passengers were killed as two planes erupted in fire.
Liz Mullen has details.
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SUPER=01-George Black/National Transportation Safety Board; :25
SUPER=01-Mike Coultas/Witness; :45
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:26
OUT Q=Liz Mullen, CBS News, Quincy.
Investigators removed the 14 charred bodies of the victims this
afternoon and began their probe into why the two planes collided.
Witnesses say visibility was good last night as the United Express
commuter plane touched down at Baldwin Municipal Airport near Quincy.
As the plane slowed, a
second private plane was building speed for takeoff ...on a collision course.
GEORGE BLACK, NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: WAS VICIOUS FIRE, THAT
ERUPTED AFTER THE COLLISION OF THE TWO AIRLINERS.
Witnesses wonder why the pilot of the small private plane failed to see
the landing aircraft and avert the crash.
A private pilot driving to the airport said the landing lights of the
United Express plane were clearly
MIKE COULTAS/WITNESS...CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY DIDN'T STOP, CAUSE I HAD THE SAME
There is no control tower at the small regional airport in West-Central
Illinois, but pilots broadcast their position repeatedly on an open radio
frequency as they take off and land.
COULTAS:THEY SYSTEM WORKS VERY WELL IN UNCONTROLLED AIR SPACE BECAUSE PILOTS
ALWAYS CALL POSITION WHERE THEY ARE.
BLACK:IT IS INCUMBENT UPON PILOTS TO WATCH OUT.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have the task
of sorting through what's left of the two aircraft: a couple engines, the tail
of the commuter plane and assorted debris.
The commuter craft did have a cockpit voice recorder which could yield
Liz Mullen, CBS News, Quincy Illinois.))
The F-D-A's regulation of tobacco is an issue already up for debate for the
1997 race for Governor.
And air freight business in Roanoke is outpacing the rest of the state's
go to break
A hunter made a gruesome discovery this afternoon in Pittsylvania County.
The skeletal remains of what appears to be a human were found around 4-
o'clock at the Pittsylvania County Wildlife Hunt Club, near Chatham.
Sheriff's officials believe the body had been there for quite sometime.
The remains will be sent to a state medical examiner to help determine the
identity and cause of death.
Authorities say they don't know of anyone reported missing over the past
In the wake of reports last week, Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's
campaign manager wants to make it clear: Beyer is NOT outright supporting the
FDA proposal to regulate tobacco.
She says the likely candidate for the Governor's stand is more "nuanced."
IN Q=I stand
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I STAND ON MY OWN. AND I STAND FOR VIRGINIA'S CHILDREN.
NOT AGAINST VIRGINIA'S TOBACCO FARMERS. THEY HAVE AN ENORMOUS GLOBAL MARKET
FOR CIGARETTES WITH ADULTS. BUT I THINK I JOIN THEM. I'VE NEVER MET A TOBACCO
FARMER WHO SAID HE WANTS TO SELL TOBACCO TO KIDS. TOGETHER WE HAVE TO WORK.
AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS WE HAVE RIGHT NOW ARE THESE FDA REGULATIONS. AND
VIRGINIA LAW IF IT'S EVER ENFORCED.))
OUT Q=ever enforced.
Beyer's carefully-worded stand is in opposition to that of his own likely
ticket mate-- retiring Congressman L-F Payne.
IN Q=It makes
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IT MAKES THAT STRATEGY LOOK A LITTLE
MORE QUESTIONABLE INASMUCH THAT IT SHOWS THAT DON BEYER IS APPARENTLY WILLING
TO WRITE OFF PART OF THE VOTE THAT L.F. PAYNE IS GOING TO TRY TO APPEAL TO.))
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst;
OUT Q=appeal to.
Beyer's likely opponent -- Attorney General Jim Gilmore -- last week
announced his support of a lawsuit against the FDA.
Authorities are still looking into allegations of physical assault, as well
as missing items from the Coyner Spring Detention Home.
Since it's in Botetourt County, the county prosecutor has to decide
whether to prosecute.
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom just got the report from the
Regional police investigation into missing money and FOOD.
He says his preliminary review of the report makes him think there's not
much more that needs to be done- -"as far as prosecuting anyone..." but he says
it may be the end of the week before he makes a final decision.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
Air freight is soaring at the Roanoke Regional Airport, today officials
celebrated the start of construction on a new, cargo ramp.
The heavy equipment was already at work this morning, as those on hand
turned the first ceremonial shovels of dirt.
Air freight activity at Woodrum Field has more than doubled in the last
five years... outpacing the rest of Virginia's airports.
The new 10- acre ramp will provide parking for five aircraft at a time.
It should be completed in 19-98.
Some encouraging news-- with a major breakthrough about estrogen, and its
effects on Alzheimer's Disease.
And tonight on Primetime Sports-- Cy Young award winner John Smoltz is
staying with the Braves.
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Friends say Bill Vernon was a "walking encyclopedia" who dedicated his life
to bluegrass music.
He died early this morning at his home in Franklin County following an
apparent asthma attack.
Vernon hosted bluegrass shows on several local stations, including a weekly
shift on public radio for more than a decade.
But he was also known outside of western Virginia as a record collector, an
emcee, and an author of album liner notes.
Bill Vernon was 59 years old.
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There may be a way to treat, even reverse, the brain destroying effects of
The key is the hormone estrogen--- in this first study to find that a drug
can effectively treat Alzheimer's Disease.
IN Q=The women
((DR. SANJAY ASTHANA/VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER: THE WOMEN WHO RECEIVED
ESTROGEN HAD SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO REMEMBER THINGS WHILE
THEY WERE ON ESTROGEN COMPARED TO WHEN THEY WERE NOT ON THE DRUG. ))
OUT Q=not on the drug.
Here's why: Estrogen appears to promote the growth of new nerve fibers in
the brain and enhance areas of the brain where concentration and memory are
IN Q=With respect
((WITH RESPECT TO MEMORY, THE IMPROVEMENT WAS ABOUT TWO AND A HALF FOLD AFTER
THEY RECEIVED TREATMENT COMPARED TO WHEN THEY WERE NOT ON TREATMENT. AND WITH
ATTENTION ITS ABOUT ONE AND A HALF TO TWO FOLD. ))
OUT Q=to two fold.
The effects could be seen in one week.
While most men won't start taking estrogen, the male hormone testosterone
converts to estrogen in the brain-- and may offer men with Alzheimer's some of
the same advantages as women.
Studies to prove that principal are just beginning-- as are larger
studies of estrogen use to treat Alzheimer's in women.
The thought of an Alzheimer's patient wandering away is frightening.
That's why the Roanoke-Salem Alzheimers Association chapter is urging
families to get involved in the national Safe Return program.
The group talked about the program at their annual education forum today.
Alzheimers patients wear an identification bracelet with a toll free phone
Anyone who finds them wandering can call the number and an operator can
instantly find out where they belong.
IN Q=the turnaround time
((JENNIFER GRIFFIN/SAFE RETURN DIRECTOR; THE TURNAROUND TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT
FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S LOST, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR, WHEN WE GET INTO THE
SEVERE COLD TEMPERATURES AND URGENCY IS THERE WHEN THERE'S A MISSING
SUPER=01-Jennifer Griffin/Safe Return Director;
OUT Q=a missing incident
The care-giver can also wear a necklace, so if they're in an accident,
rescue workers can send someone to check on the alzheimer's patient.
Our video pick tonight, is big, blue-- and pretty hairy.
It's who else, but Cookie Monster--
He was spotted roaming the lobby of the Hotel Roanoke-- with his pal
Prairie Dawn in tow.
Mr. Monster-- Cookie to his friends, spoke to our own Patrick Evans
today....through an interpreter.
IN Q=Is it true
((IS IT TRUE THAT HE'S GOING TO GO ROOM TO ROOM AND TAKE OTHER GUESTS COOKIES?
YEAH, I WOULD BELIEVE IT I WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE MY DO NOT DISTURB SIGN ON THE
DOOR. SO IF WE HEAR REPORTS THAT THERE IS A BIG BLUE CREATURE WANDERING FROM
ROOM TO ROOM IN THE HOTEL ROANOKE--WE KNOW WHO IT IS.
YEAH, AND I HOPE YOU HAVE MILK))
OUT Q=have milk.
The pair is in the area, getting ready for a Sesame Street production
"Let's Be Friends"-- at the Salem Civic Center.
There are seven performances running through the weekend, beginning
Coming up tonight on PrimeTime sports, Hornets, Hakeem, and Hokies for
hunger, along with John Smoltz re-signing with the Braves.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/October 15; :00
And Jerry Little got back into coaching full time today as he accepted the
challenge of coaching Franklin County football without an interim label.
The Ferrum College Hall of famer was last a head coach for an entire season
back in 1991, when his Cave Spring team with Tiki and Ronde made the playoffs.
Now your scores.
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The Charlotte Hornets are back in the hive tonight playing host to the
Atlantic Division leading New York Knicks.
The Hornets came into this one with a 3-and-5 record.
Anthony Mason, the former Knick, would play huge tonight against his old
teammates as he spins on Charles Oakley, converts the finger roll and draws the
But the Knicks have so many more weapons this season, Allan Houston the
former Piston drills the Jumper over Dell Curry.
SUPER=33-New York/79/Charlotte/82/ ;
Then Patrick clears the dance floor and wheels inside for the slam.
Right now the Hornets lead it 82 to 79 in the fourth.
The Rockets have tonight off, and even when they do return to action, their
top player will be out of action for 5 to 7 days.
SUPER=03-Houston/Last Night; :00
Hakeem Olajuwon left the court with an irregular heart beat last night and
stumbled out of an ambulance into a Houston hospital where he hit with a
defibrilator to steady his heart.
IN Q="Which is...
((TIM FRANK/ROCKETS TEAM SPOKESMAN:))
SUPER=01-Tim Frank/Rockets Team Spokesman; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Willis/Will Replace Olajuwon; :15
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Rockets Forward; :22
OUT Q=...THE WORLD."
John Smoltz decided against pulling an Albert belle today as he ended his
free agent period, by re-signing with the Braves.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
The National League Cy Young award winner and the Braves came to terms on a
four year deal worth 31 million dollars today.
That means the rotation of Smoltz, Glavine and Maddox will remain in tact.
((JOHN SMOLTZ/LED MAJORS WITH 24 WINS:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Led Majors with 24 Wins; :00
OUT Q=...that i've been healthy"
If you're headed to the Virginia Tech - West Virginia game on Saturday, the
Marching Virginians would appreciate it if you would raid your pantry before
leaving the house.
The voice of the Hokies, Bill Roth is the honorary chairman of the Hokies
for Hungry Food drive along with the school band.
Tech is asking fans in this backyard brawl to put their differences aside
to help the needy.
((BILL ROTH/VOICE OF THE HOKIES:))
SUPER=01-Bill Roth/Voice of the Hokies; :00
OUT Q=...drop them off
HOMETOWN FULL SCREEN
And don't forget coming up at 11 tonight over on WDBJ, Steve Mason will be
along with this week's edition on Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Besides previewing the state final four, we'll also get a chance to meet
Woody Deans' successor at PH.
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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SUPER=76-Getting Rid of Gangs;
A General Assembly committee asks for input on curbing gang growth and
violence in the Commonwealth.
SUPER=77-Under Whose Influence?
Plus Melanie Moon continues her series on teens and substance abuse in
"Under Whose Influence".
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Check out NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.