Coming up on News 7-
Norfolk Southern makes a second attempt to stop the CSX-Conrail merger.
And Safety Officials arrive at the scene of a plane crash in Illinois.
Got a nice break today with some sun..but the latest forecast will roll the
clouds back in tomorrow.
Genetics aren't to blame for the greatest cause of cancer, nor is the
The latest study looks at our lifestyle, and the connection to disease.
A partial victory for Norfolk Southern in a Philadelphia federal court, as it
hopes to block a CSX-Conrail merger.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It was back to court today for Norfolk Southern, as it makes a last-ditch
legal attempt involving Conrail...a railroad N-S wants to purchase.
The case is being held in Philadelphia, Conrail's home turf--
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Len Besthoff joins us from our CBS affiliate.
Len what kind of legal maneuvers did N-S attempt?
(len ad lib)
(roll cue: "...a federal judge, yesterday.")
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(questions: Could this effect the Conrail-CSX deal?)
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The victims of a fiery runway collision in Illinois, have been recovered.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in
Quincy today retrieving 14 bodies from the wreckage.
Last night a United Express commuter plane collided with a private plane at
a runway intersection.
One pilot who saw the crash doesn't understand how it could've happened.
((MIKE COULTAS/PILOT: COULD NOT IMAGINE WHY THE AIRCRAFT DID NOT SEE THE
COMMUTER. I COULD NOT IMAGINE CAUSE I HAD THE SAME VIEW HE DID))
OUT Q=VIEW HE DID.
NTSB officials recovered the cockpit voice recorder. It's been sent
to Washington for examination.
Fire raged out of control in a Hong Kong office tower- killing a firefighter
and injuring many others.
The blaze started on the lower floors but quickly swept to the top of the
Flames shot from the windows-
Smoke filled the interior stairways- trapping about ten people on the 11th
One man jumped to escape the flames-
Other victims were lifted to safety by a helicopter.
Firefighters rescued at least 49 people in all- Several are injured and
were taken to the hospital for treatment.
A Caroll County jury is deliberating the fate of Dennis Stoneman...he is
charged with capital murder-- in the death of his sister-in-law and her
husband, Tina and Steve Quesenberry.
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Tracy ALtizer joins us with more from the courthouse in Hillsville.
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The first of two police reports is in on Roanoke's Coyner Springs Juvenile
Since it's in Botetourt County, the county prosecutor has to decide whether
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom just got the report from the Regional
police investigation into missing money and FOOD.
Branscom 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.
Roanoke City Police are still looking into allegations of physical assault.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--what's Lieutenant Governor Don
Beyer's position on the F-D-A regulating tobacco?
And they said goodbye to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin-- by praising how he
accepted his fate.
On Health Check-- Alzheimer's Disease effects about 15-percent of people
over the age of 65....we'll have the latest ideas for helping patients-- and
Also coming up- Patrick is learning manners just in time for the holidays.
His live report from the Hotel Roanoke, when we come back.
In the wake of reports last week, Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's
campaign manager wants to make it clear: Beyer is NOT supporting outright 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.
Botetourt County bus drivers are hoping school officials go the extra mile.
This morning in a closed door meeting with interim superintendent Bob Reece,
the drivers presented a "wish list" of sorts.
They're asking for higher wages and better health benefits when next year's
school budget is drawn up.
During the past two months the drivers have spoken out at various county
meetings and even threatened to walk off the job.
One of their elected leaders called TODAY'S meeting a step in the right
IN Q=I feel
((BARBARA BLAIR/BUS DRIVER: I FEEL LIKE IT WAS VERY OPEN. AND I FEEL LIKE THEY
UNDERSTAND OUR CONCERNS AND THEY KNOW WHAT WE WANT NOW. I THINK THEY'RE GOING
TO WORK WITH US AND DO THE BEST THEY CAN. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Blair/Bus Driver;
OUT Q=they can
The next school budget is expected to be complete in February or March.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin is praised for the way he faced death.
At his funeral- a representative of the pope says Bernardin brought solace
to the sick and dying.
((CARDINAL BERNARDIN WAS MANY THINGS, BUT HE WAS A TEACHER. HE TAUGHT LESSONS
SUPER=02-Cardinal William Baum;
OUT Q=lessons of life.
Bernardin died last week of pancreatic cancer.
Minding your manners begins at an early age for one group in the Roanoke
Valley-- and thankfully Patrick is getting some tips.
(Patrick ad lib)
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With the Holidays upon us, there are some customs, rituals and rules of
protocol that always apply.
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Patrick Evans has ventured over to the Hotel Roanoke to pay a visit with
Donna Dilley, our resident expert on holiday manners.
SUPER=01-Donna Dilley/National League of Junior Cotillions;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
SUPER=01-Michelle Kang/Miss Virginia;
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Still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Hometown Hoops Weekly is in tournament
On Health Check-- it's estimated more than a quarter of a million
high school athletes use anabolic steroids to build muscle and bulk up.
That, despite the warnings about the lasting dangers steroids can present.
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Americans' overall health is improving.....
But a new study says an increase in smoking and obesity could eventually
turn the tide.
The research--done by the health insurance industry---looked at each
state individually....and ranked Minnesota the healthiest.
Some of the unhealthiest included Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico
A new Harvard study meanwhile says an unhealthy lifestyle is directly
linked to a majority of cancer deaths.
Researchers found that smoking, a poor diet, and a lack of exercise caused
a whopping 65-percent of cancer deaths...as compared to environmental
pollution...which was connected to just two percent of the deaths.
If you care for an Alzheimers patient, the thought of them wandering away
and getting lost in the middle of winter 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.
There's a 30 dollar one-time fee to join the program.
Health experts are urging a national attack to wipe out a largely hidden
epidemic -- sexually transmitted diseases.
S-T-D's are diagnosed 12 million times a year in the U-S.
That includes some three million cases among teen-agers.
The report concludes that Americans suffer ten to 50 times more sexually
transmitted diseases than people in other developed countries.
This study is trying to muscle its way into the minds of high school
athletes taking steroids.
Researchers say education programs aimed at students and parents can help
discourage athletes from using body-building steroids.
It's estimated more than a quarter million high school students in the U-S
have used anabolic steroids.
Side affects can include liver damage, heart attack and severe mood
swings-- among other things.
((FEMALE TYPE BREAST ENLARGMENT IN MALES, TESTICULAR SHRINKING, GROWTH
STUNTING, HAIR LOSS, ACNE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTURBANCES LEADING TO EVEN
UNCONTROLLED AGRESSION. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Linn Goldberg/Oregon Health Sciences University; :
OUT Q=uncontrolled aggression.
In Some schools, they're playing a game called ATLAS-- Adolescents Training
and Learning to Avoid Steriods.
Answer the questions correctly and get extra points by hitting a side
effect on steroid man.
Turning to sports -- it's tournament time for girls basketball teams in the
Mike Stevens has that and some other high school sports--
Good afternoon everybody. Before we get to this week's installment of
Hometown Hoops Weekly, I need to pass along a couple of Friday Football Extra
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First, Franklin County has taken the interim tag off Jerry Little's title and
made his the team's head football coach.
The Ferrum College hall of famer replaced Horace Green in Mid-October and led
the Eagles to a big upset of Patrick Henry.
And the Region 3, Division 3 playoff game between Jefferson and Brookville
has been moved from Friday at 7;30 to Saturday at 1:30.
The girls group A and 2A state tournament semi finals begin Friday at
Virginia High in Bristol, not the salem Civic.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly will be there and Steve Mason looks at last night's
action and checks in with a new coach on the boys side.
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SUPER=03-Salem/1995 AA State Championship; :13
SUPER=01-Brandy Allen/William Byrd Junior; :19(QUICK!!!!)
SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Night; :24
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :30
SUPER=03-Marion/Last Night; :38
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Last Night; 1:02
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=01-Jack Esworthy/Patrick Henry Boys Head Coach; 1:42
SUPER=01-Boo Battle/Patriot Forward; 1:56(QUICK))))
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((Lord Botetourt beat William Byrd last year, the lone starter back from the
team that remembers.
Allen and her team beat Richlands 63-45 to earn another shot at the Lady
The Thrasher sharks meet the Lady Cavaliers Friday. They topped Marion 69-53
Sarah Hick's 21 points led all scorers.
Before the Byrd/Botetourt 8:30 game, fans can watch the other state semi
final at 7pm. Louisa against Charlottesville.
These games, like the Single A semi finals will be played at Virginia High
in Bristol. The Salem Civic Center had a scheduling conflict this year.
In Single A, Floyd County lost to Honaker last night, but there is nothing
shabby about a 5th straight state tournament berth.
Friday at 2pm, Wilson Memorial will face Woodstock central and then Haysi
takes on Honaker in the 3:30 game.
He comes from Harrisburg Pennsylvania, he's 34 years old, and believes in
full court pressure.
No starters are back, but Boo Battle scored over 16 points a game last year.
He likes his new coach.
A Texas business owner, got rid of a former tenant's leftovers in a
SUPER=03-Grand Prairie, TX;
You see real estate owner Jim Ryffell wanted to get rid of a store full of
pornographic video tapes...so he crushed them with a tractor.
Ryffell's management company ended up with the 25-hundred tapes, worth
about 45-thousand dollars, after his tenant a video store, defaulted on the
The lease allowed for a family-type video store, not an adult one.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX- An increase in substance abuse among today's
teens and adolescents has parents heading back to the classroom.
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Keith Humphry tells us it isn't the traditional P-T-A meeting.
That's right Jean,
tonight in our continuing series "Under Whose Influence,"
PARENT TO PARENT TAPE
a look at how parents are fighting back in the battle against drugs.
They're getting a lesson in drug prevention.
parent to parent tape 8:20:20 tape 2
((I THINK THE MORE PARENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED THEN HOPEFULLY IT WILL SPREAD AND
WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON THE PROBLEM. ))
OUT Q=HANDLE ON THE PROBLEM.
Melanie Moon has part three of Under Whose Influence, in 30-minutes on
NEWS-7 at six.
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Hope to see you then.
Thanks Keith...for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.