Norfolk-Southern fails to convince the court of appeals that it needs an
injunction to block two rival railroads' merger.
We've got the latest word from Philadelphia.
As well as the latest from Hillsville- -a LIVE report on the murder trial
of Dennis Stoneman.
Tonight in sports, Hakeem is still in the hospital in Houston, John Smoltz
resigns with the Braves, NASCAR has landed in Japan,
And Jerry Little is named Franklin County's head football coach on a
permanent basis this afternoon.
Our weather will cloud up tomorrow and light rain will move in late
Thursday. And in weatherschool tonight, a forecast question..students get your
Norfolk Southern has lost twice in the last 24 hours... first in the trial
court last night... now a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has refused to
grant N-S an injunction.
N-S faced a midnight deadline to block the merger of two other Eastern
railroads, C-S-X and Conrail. N-S wants to be Conrail's merger partner.
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Len Besthoff is in at the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.
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(Keith question: Why did N-S want to delay the first step in the C-S-X
Conrail merger so badly?)
(Keith question: So does this action by the court help N-S at all?)
In an effort to save himself from a capital murder conviction and possible
death sentence, Dennis Stoneman is blaming his 17 year old son for the murders
of Tina and Steve Quesenberry.
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Tracy Alitzer joins us from Hillsville where the jury is in deliberation.
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A Campbell County jury will have to decide whether a Gladys teenager was
legally insane the night he shot and killed his neighbor.
17-year old Lewis "Trey" Mize admits he shot 19-year-old Roger Vassar Junior
But his lawyer says Mize did not know what he was doing was wrong.
IN Q=And he's going
((TOM BLAYLOCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: AND HE'S GOING TO GO FURTHER AND SAY "WHY DID
YOU SHOOT ROGER?" AND I WANT YOU TO LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THAT ANSWER. HE'S
GOING TO TELL YOU "BECAUSE I SAW IT ON T-V."))
((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR; THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER HE WAS THINKING AS CLEARLY
AS YOU AND MIGHT DO THAT NIGHT. THE ISSUE IS DID HE KNOW IT WAS WRONG AND I
SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE FACTS WILL SHOW HE DID KNOW IT WAS WRONG.))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Prosecutor; :12
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The first day of testimony centered on the mountain of physical evidence
recovered from the murder scene.
The trial is expected to last through Friday.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--where can you turn if you're a parent worried
over how to talk to your kids about drugs? Melanie Moon has some answers in
her series Under Whose Influence--
and just where does Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer stand on the issue of
federal regulation of tobacco?
Ellen Qualls tries to nail down the answer.
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Where there's smoke, there's fire in Virginia politics.
The issue everyone's afraid will burn them in 1997 is the FDA's fight with
Ellen Qualls has the spin from the candidates for Governor.
IN Q=Does he or
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :48
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Does he or doesn't he?
The campaign manager for likely Democratic nominee Don Beyer says he's NOT
supporting the FDA proposal to regulate nicotine -- it's more nuanced than
But here's what the candidate says.
((BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S LACK OF LEADERSHIP, THERE IS A REASONABLE ROLE FOR THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN THIS CASE THE FDA, TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS THAT
PROTECT CHILDREN FROM TOBACCO. IT'S A SHAME THAT THAT'S THE WAY IT HAS TO BE
DONE, BUT I WILL SUPPORT THAT.))
Fellow Democrat Whitt Clement of Danville calls that bad public policy and
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M GONNA ALWAYS TRY TO DO FIRST AND FOREMOST WHAT I
THINK IT RIGHT AND WHAT I THINK IS BEST. I THINK WE ALSO THAT WE SET UP A
FALSE CHOICE. THAT IT IS THE FAMILY TOBACCO FARMER VERSUS THE CHILDREN
SMOKING. THE CHOICE ISN'T THAT SIMPLE.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: THAT MAY BE A NUANCE THAT I THINK IS
LOST ON PEOPLE. BEYOND THAT I THINK THERE IS A DANGER FOR DON BEYER NOW IF
HE'S SEEN AS BACKSLIDING AS WELL. BECAUSE IF THERE'S BEEN ANY CRITICISM OF DON
BEYER OVER THE YEARS IT'S THAT HE HASN'T BEEN A FORCEFUL LEADER, HE HASN'T BEEN
A SORT OF TAKE CHARGE, STAND UP TYPE OF GUY.))
Then there's the tentative tiptoes of Republican Jim Gilmore -- who waited
several weeks to join North Carolina NOT in a lawsuit, but merely to file a
friendly brief opposing the FDA.
The Beyer-Gilmore split-- as nuanced as each side is-- puts Virginia in the
national spotlight, as a test case for the ever-more-complex politics of
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
What was once considered a model of juvenile justice for the rest of the
state is now the focus of two criminal investigations.
The director of Roanoke's Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Home has already
resigned... amid allegations of missing money and FOOD.
County prosecutor Joel Branscom just got the police report last night.
Though 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..." it may be the end of the week before he makes a final
Meantime, Roanoke City Police are looking into allegations that at least
four young men were physically assaulted by staffers.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
Air Freight is a growth industry for the Roanoke Regional Airport.
And today, officials marked the start of construction on a major cargo
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 by mid- 19-98.
The Dow gained 32 points today, closing above 64-hundred for the first time.
NASDAQ was up two points.
GRAPHIC=Under Whose Influence
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Confronting a teenager suspected of using drugs is a difficult thing for many
Some don't know how to talk to their kids to get the message across.
In our area there are programs where parents are learning to take control,
BEFORE drugs take control of their children.
SS=Fullscreen Under Whose Influence?
Melanie Moon tells us more in part three of Under Whose Influence?
SUPER=01-Jodi Widener/Former Teen Drug User; :16
SUPER=01-Joann Burkholder/Student Asst. Counselor; :28
SUPER=01-Debbie Henderson/Parent; 1;13 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Kathy Winger/Parent; 1:18
SUPER=01-Officer Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.; 1;41
SUPER=01-Margie Twigg/Lewis Gale Clinic Counselor; 2:10
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke.
JODI WIDENER: MARIJUANA AND ACID WERE MY TWO MAIN DRUGS, I'VE TAKEN SPEED
Jodi Widener is just 17 years old and fighting a drug addiction.
Jodi says she easily kept it secret from from her family with lies and
WIDENER: I HAVE TO REBUILD MY TRUST WITH MY MOM FOR LYING TO HER I'VE LIED
TO HER QUITE A BIT.
School counselors say teenagers also hide their drug use with acting.
JOANN BURKHOLDER: THEY LEARN HOW NOT TO ACT HIGH AND AFTER YOU ARE PRACTICED
FOR A WHILE A LOT OF TIME YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN A KID IS HIGH AND NOT BECAUSE
THEY 'VE BEEN DOING IT LONG THEY'RE JUST REALLY GOOD AT IT.
BELIEVE ME IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD, YOUR CHILD KNOWS YOU VERY WELL
AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO PLAY YOU.
On this night its the parents who are in the classroom-- they're taking an
8 week course called Parent to Parent.
LISA CHILDRESS: RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SO MANY KIDS DOING DRUGS THAT IF YOU CHOOSE
NOT TO DO DRUGS YOU DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF CHOICES OF WHO YOU'RE GOING TO
HANG OUT WITH.
The program is both intervention and prevention.
It also creates a network of parents that educate other parents.
DEBBIE HENDERSON/PARENT: WE HAVE TO EMPOWER THE PARENTS TO TAKE A ROLE, FOR
TOO LONG WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT.
KATHY WINGER/PARENT: MOST PEOPLE THINK WE'RE A GOOD FAMILY WE HAVE GOOD VALUE
WE TEACH OUR FAMILY PROPERLY IT'S GOING TO BE THE OTHER GUY WHO HAS THE PROBLEM
NOT ME, YOU'RE LEARNING IN THIS CLASS, THAT'S NO THE WAY IT IS.
In the War on Drugs, knowledge is strength.
Parents are finding that when they know what their kids are up against, its
easier to communicate with them. The next step is spotting the warning
OFFICER TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.: ONE THING THEY NEED TO LOOK
FOR IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR FROM WHAT THEIR TEEN HAD BEEN DOING, IF
THEY HAVE BIG MOOD SWINGS. IF THEY APPEAR TO BE HANGING OUT WITH DIFFERENT
PEOPLE THEY MIGHT WANT TO WATCH OUT FOR THE OTHER WARNING SIGNS.
They include any type of Drug paraphernalia, like pipes, rolling paper or
Empty aerosol cans, which are signs off huffing or inhaling.
Dropping grades in school.
The disappearance of money.
Also changes in appearance, sleeping habits and even appetite.
MARGIE TWIGG/ADOLESCENT COUNSELOR: I DON'T THINK ONE SIGN IS GOING TO TELL YOU
THAT YOUR CHILD IS INVOLVED IN DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, IT'S A TOTAL PICTURE.
If some of the signs are there the next step is to seek help from the
That may have been difference between life and death for Jodi.
JODI WIDENER: I'VE HAD SOME FRIENDS THAT HAVE GOT HURT OR KILLED FROM DRUG
USE AND I DON'T WANT TO END UP LIKE THAT. Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.))
SS=Under Whose Influence?
Tomorrow night, how a former drug user is using her experience to steer
other teens in the right direction.
Coming up tonight in sports, big news in the coaching ranks and Little steps
up big, and and Bush steps down, plus I'll have an update on Hakeem
And we'll check in the with Ernie Irvan as the Nascar drivers arrive in Japan
for their debut in the that country.
The Franklin County football program went through its share of turbulence
this past season, but Athletic director Jerry Little is apparently ready to
give it some stability.
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This afternoon Little had the interim tag taken off his title as he accepted
the challenge to become the school head football coach on a full time basis.
The Ferrum College hall of famer replaced Horace Green in Mid-October and
led the Eagles to a big upset of Patrick Henry.
Next year he will have over 30 junior off this year's returning to form what
should be a solid nucleus for the program.
One game on the Friday Football Extra menu for this Friday night has been
moved to Saturday afternoon.
The Jefferson Forest at Brookville, division three Region three championship
game will now be played at 1:30 Saturday at Stinger stadium in Campbell County.
Hampden-Sydney's Joe Bush announced this afternoon that he is stepping down
as head football coach after a successful 11 year run.
Bush won 61 games over that time, and the ODAC championship in 1987.
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This season his team struggled more than usual finishing last in the
conference with a 1 and 4 record.
The Tigers were 3 and 7 overall.
Bush, who is a member of the VMI sports hall of fame, is staying at the
College to continue as Athletic director, a position he has held since 1992.
National League Cy Young winner John Smoltz has decided to stay put in
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
Smoltz and the Braves signed a four year deal worth 31 million dollars
today; good enough to keep the major league's best rotation in tact.
((JOHN SMOLTZ/LED MAJORS WITH 24 WINS:))
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OUT Q=...that i've been healthy"
One of the NBA's top players and all around good guys has gave everybody a
big scare last night when he left the court with an irregular heart beat.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Last Night; :00
Hakeem Olajuwan left the court on his own power and entered a Houston
hospital where he had an electro cardio version administered to him.
IN Q="Which is...
((TIM FRANK/ROCKETS TEAM SPOKESMAN:))
SUPER=01-Tim Frank/Rockets Team Spokesman; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Willis/Will Replace Olajuwan; :15
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Rockets Forward; :22
OUT Q=...THE WORLD."
The Rockets say Hakeem will miss 5 to 7 days while his condition is being
In other NBA news, the Chicago Bulls have reeled off ten straight wins to
begin this season, but superstar Michael Jordan still has time for his first
love, the children.
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Jordan was on hand at the James Jordan center in Chicago, which by the way is
named after his late father, to present Colin Powell with a check for $5
The money goes to benefit the Boy's and Girls' clubs of America throughout
As you know by now rust and NASCAR never sleep. So, while the NASCAR season
may be over here in the states it is just getting fired up overseas.
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Ernie Irvan and many of Winston Cup's finest arrived in Suzuka City today to
begin preparing for the Suzuka Thunder Special 100 on November 23th.
Most of the drivers had jet lag, but they felt good enough to sign a few
autographs and jump on this Japanese coaster.
IN Q="The Japanese...
((ERNIE IRVAN/HAVOLINE FORD DRIVER:))
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OUT Q=...SAY WOW!!"
The Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech are sponsoring a massive food
drive in conjunction with the Hokies/West Virginia Mountaineers game this
The voice of the Hokies; Bill Roth is the honorary chairman of the Hokies
for Hungry drive. While the two teams will be fighting each other, the Hokies
and the Mounties are in agreement that helping those in need is important.
((BILL ROTH/VOICE OF THE HOKIES:))
SUPER=01-Bill Roth/Voice of the Hokies; :00
OUT Q=...drop them off
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