14 people are dead after two planes collided on the ground last night.
Norfolk Southern did NOT fare well in a Philadelphia federal court yesterday.
Norfolk Southern lost round one of the Rail Merger war in Philadelphia
federal court yesterday.
But N-S is hoping to take away a victory in today's battle.
Len Besthoff explains.
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SUPER=01-Thomas Hoppin/CSX Spokesperson; :39
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :47 quick
SUPER=01-Steve Rothschild/Norfolk Southern Attorney; :53
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News 7
"The world would be a better place if it were populated by the likes of
Those words came from Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs
before he sentenced Mark Lilly-- one of three men who played a role in the
killing of Defillipis, a Virginia Tech student, last year.
Lilly was sentenced to serve 49 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to
eight charges including second degree murder, carjacking and abduction.
Some of his relatives testified yesterday that the 21- year- old suffered a
number of setbacks as a child including child neglect.
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IN Q=I have
((PHYLLIS COMBER/LILLY'S AUNT: I HAVE NEVER SEEN KIDS THAT DIDN'T GET A HUG OR
A KISS OR SAT ON THEIR PARENTS LAP FROM EITHER OF THEIR PARENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Phyllis Comber/Lilly's Aunt;
OUT Q=their parents
As the triggerman in the Defillipis murder, Mark's older brother, Ben Lilly,
was sentenced to death.
A plea change brought the trial of Jason Hibbs to an abrupt end yesterday.
He is now pleading guilty to murder and abduction.
The 20- year- old Wythe County man was on trial for the death of Ricky Lee
Hibbs said he punched Coleman after the 17- year- old got drunk and
destructive at his house last January. Hibbs testified he and two friends
later stuffed the moaning teenager in the trunk of a car, drove him to a remote
road and dumped him over a creek bank. Coleman died from a combination of
the alcohol and exposure.
Hibbs testified he thought Coleman would sober up and go home, and said he
was sorry that he died.
IN Q=And there was
SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Wythe Co. Assistant Prosecutor;
OUT Q=a recommendation.
Hibbs faces life plus 20 years in prison. Two other defendants, Eric Ball
and Eric Wimmer, are still awaiting their trials.
A jury is being selected in Campbell County for the murder trial of 17-
year- old Lewis Tray Mize.
IN Q=Against the piece
OUT Q=reason of insanity.
Mize's lawyer says his client was insane the night he shot and killed his
neighbor, Roger Vassar, Junior last January.
Mize also shot himself in the jaw that same night.
He only recently was declared competent to stand trial.
Both sides have summoned several psychiatrists to testify about Mize's
He had claimed earlier he heard the voices of God and the devil.
Mize's trial is expected to last three days.
The Campbell County jail has Mize on a suicide watch. Authorities say he
apparently tried to kill himself yesterday by eating facial creme.
The grim task has begun in Quincy, Illinois of recovering the 14 bodies
from last night's fiery airplane collision.
The accident happened when a United Express commuter plane coming in for a
landing struck a smaller plane that was taking off.
N-T-S-B investigators arrived on the scene early this morning.
IN Q=About all we
(( GEORGE BLACK/NTSB:. ))
OUT Q=go right now.
Investigators have found the cockpit voice recorder from the commuter plane.
Nearly 70 people were injured today and one firefighter killed when fire
broke out in a high-rise office building in Hong Kong.
The fire started on the lower floors and quickly spread up the elevator
A smoke filled stairway trapped about a dozen people on the 11th floor and
firefighters deployed ladders to try to bring them to safety.
One man jumped to escape the flames, others victims were lifted to safety
Some 150 firefighters responded to fight the blaze.
A second bomb has been discovered in the Philippines where President Clinton
and other leaders will meet next week.
A bomb was found in an unattended travel bag in the arrival area of the
That bomb was discovered hours after a pipe bomb was found at the former U-S
naval base where 18 leaders will meet Monday for the Asia-Pacific Economic
There are conflicting reports that the second bomb was part of a drill.
President Clinton, meantime is still in Australia.
Earlier today he addressed a joint session of parliament, and reaffirmed
Washington's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.
He also could not avoid questions about White House ethics.
((ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD URGE YOU TO DO, REMEMBERING WHAT HAPPENED TO MR
JEWEL IN ATLANTA, REMEMBERING WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO SO MANY OF THE ACCUSATIONS
OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS MADE AGAINST ME THAT TURNED OUT TO BE TOTALLY
OUT Q=totally baseless.
The President then headed to Sydney for a little sightseeing cruise.
He arrives in Manila on Saturday.
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Still to come on the newscast,
Another person falls ill to Legionnaire's disease.
And Henry County authorities are still looking for the suspect in a bizarre
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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The death toll continues to climb in the Northwest from a fierce storm
that's brought heavy snow to Washington and heavy rains to Oregon.
The storm is so far blamed for at least seven deaths.
Manuel Gallegus files this report.
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SUPER=03-Portland, OR; :27
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :44
SUPER=03-Butte, MT; 1:04
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:11 (SU)
OUT Q=NEWS, LOS ANGELES
FROM HEAVY SNOWFALL... TO RAIN... TO MUDSLIDES... RESIDENTS IN THE
NORTHWEST ARE GETTING HIT FROM ALL SIDES... AND THE CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN
MESSY AND IN SOME INSTANCES DEADLY.
NEAR HUBBARD CREEK IN SOUTHERN OREGON A LANDSLIDE BURIED A RURAL
HOME... A MAN AND THREE WOMEN WERE KILLED...TWO CHILDREN ESCAPED. HUNDREDS
OF OTHERS HAD TO BE EVACUATED...
"We moved out what we wanted to save, and raised the rest up in the
FURTHER NORTH IN PORTLAND, WET HEAVY SNOW TURNED TO NON- STOP RAIN
THAT FLOODED CREEKS AND RIVERS..AND LEFT THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
WITHOUT POWER.. AND THERE WERE COUNTLESS OTHER HASSLES.. LIKE HAVING YOUR
ENGINE DIE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION.
MAN: "I got in there and I couldn t get out."
IN SEATTLE, THE STORM TURNED INTO A FULL-FLEDGED BLIZZARD. AT SEATAC
AIRPORT WHILE AIRPLANES WERE DE-ICED FOR TAKE-OFF, DELAYED PASSENGERS WANDERED
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LOST POWER IN SEATTLE TOO.. ALTHOUGH THERE
WAS NO THREAT OF FOREST FIRE AS WORKERS DECIDED THE BEST WAY TO REPAIR DOWNED
EVEN IN MONTANA, WHERE SNOW IS NO SURPRISE RESIDENTS TREADED GINGERLY
THROUGH THE ICY STREETS.
THIS IS RIDICULOUS SAID ONE OREGON RESIDENT AS HE EVACUATED HIS HOUSE FOR
THE SECOND TIME IN TWO YEARS... WINTER STORM WARNINGS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR MUCH
OF THE NORTHWEST... AND IT S NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING YET. MANUEL GALLEGUS CBS
NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
Henry County authorities are still on the look out for a masked gunman who
allegedly held a family hostage inside their Axton home.
It all happened around Nine Monday night at the home of Adolfo and Marsha
Fernandez on Route 614.
Authorities say the suspect entered the home, tied the family up and placed
pillow cases over their heads.
Later, the suspect allegedly forced Marsha Fernandez to drive to the Rock
House-- a convenience store the couple owns about a half-mile away.
After emptying the safe, Fernandez says she was forced to drive to a nearby
IN Q=He fled
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:HE FLED THE VEHICLE ON FOOT, FROM
THAT POINT, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE WENT TO, WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER HE WAS SOLO,
WHETHER HE HAD A PARTNER OR PARTNERS.))
SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department; :00
OUT Q=or partners.
Authorities believe the suspect may be connected to an armed robbery earlier
this year at nearby Grogan's Grocery.
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Doctors at Lynchburg General confirmed that a man admitted to the hospital
late last month had contracted the legionnaires disease.
Health officials say there's "no" connection with the recent Christiansburg
outbreak, but warn these isolated cases can occur anywhere.
IN Q=Today we've had
((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPT.: TODAY WE'VE HAD SOME CALLS FROM
FOLKS, YES, WHO ARE CONCERNED AND WORRIED ABOUT THEIR COOLING TOWERS, AND OF
COURSE PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE THOSE CLEANED PERIODICALLY AND USE A BIOCIDE IN THEM
TO KILL ANY ORGANISMS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Joanna Harris/Lynchburg Health Department; :00
OUT Q=kill any organisms.
Harris says the Legionnaires bacteria is carried in contaminated water
vapor, like mist from hot tubs or air conditioners.
One of the two cheerleader moms who got into a scuffle at a practice in
September was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor assault and battery.
Karen Reamey said she'll appeal, even though her fine was only two dollars.
An identical charge against the other woman, Darlene Berryman, was
The fight occurred outside Rustburg Middle School when Berryman spoke to
Reamey's daughter about a snack.
GRAPHIC=roanoke regional airport
Air freight is soaring at the Roanoke Regional Airport, and today officials
celebrated the start of construction on a new, multi- million dollar cargo
The heavy equipment is already moving dirt for the project.
The new ramp will provide parking positions for five aircraft and a
In the last five years, air freight activity at the Roanoke Regional
Airport has more than doubled.
IN Q=With Tweeds
((BOB JOHNSON/AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: WITH TWEEDS, HANOVER DIRECT, ORVIS,
WE SEEM TO BECOME A DESTINATION LOCATION FOR FACILITIES OF THIS NATURE. UNITED
STATE POSTAL SERVICE IS A LARGE USER HERE. AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, WE ARE
RESTRICTED BY THE SPACE WE HAVE HERE, SO WE HAVE TO WORK SMARTER.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Airport Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=work smarter.
A combination of federal, state and local funds will pay for the eight and
a half million dollar project.
The new ramp should be completed by the middle of 19-98.
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A new study shows which minivan best protects passengers in a head on crash
A Roanoke School bus crashes to an unexpected stop on the way home from
TAPE#net (edit of 96-90)
Vinton town council was talking trash last night--
Members voted four to one in favor of allowing the Roanoke Valley Resource
Authority to compete for the right to provide commercial waste collection.
Only one councilman voted against the resolution.
Joe Bush says he fears Vinton's taxpayers would end up picking up the tab
for the resource authority.
IN Q=I'm in favor
((JOE BUSH/VINTON TOWN COUNCILMAN: I'M IN FAVOR OF THE R.V.R.A. DOING WHATEVER
THEY HAVE TO DO TO PAY THE BILLS THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY. I'M NOT IN FAVOR OF
GIVING PEOPLE CARTE BLANCHE TO GO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO, IRRESPECTIVE OF
WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Bush/Vinton Town Councilman;
OUT Q=going to cost them
The Resource Authority has been losing revenue at the Smith Gap Landfill.
Some private trash collectors transport garbage out-of-state instead.
But before the authority could actually haul trash, it would have to hold
additional public hearings.
GRAPHIC=roanoke county seal
The Roanoke County Supervisors have denied a half million dollar claim that
followed a high speed chase and a fatal car accident in April.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 2;
Lori Mason, Thomas Faucher (FOE-shur) Junior, and their young daughter Joleen
were killed when two cars collided at the intersection of Williamson and
Scott Allman was fleeing from county police when the accident happened.
County officials have reviewed the case and say they believe the
responsibility rests with Allman. The decision by the board clears the way for
the family to press its claim in court.
A Roanoke charity group is trying to work with its neighbors.
Yesterday the former Henry Street Music Center was christened the Dumas
Hotel Music Center.
Total Action Against Poverty officials re- named it in honor of the
neighborhood landmark and the black community.
IN Q=I think symbolism
((MARTIN JEFFREY/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: I THINK SYMBOLISM PLAYS AN
ENORMOUS ROLE IN THE LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITY ))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Total Action Against Poverty;
OUT Q=of our community
Next month, TAP will host an annual fundraiser for the center.
Close to one million dollars is needed to complete the renovation.
Some Roanoke school children made it home yesterday, but not without a
little shake up.
Their bus was stopped on Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, when a pickup truck
crashed into two cars that were stopped behind it.
The impact pushed cars forward, hitting the back of the bus.
No one on the bus was hurt, but five people in the other vehicles,
including the pickup driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital.
There's no word on how badly they're hurt.
In the aftermath of a crash test, Ford gets the gold star for safest
An insurance group says the Ford Windstar outperformed eight
other vans when it hit a barrier at 40 miles- per- hour.
At the other end of the scale, the poorest performance came from
the Pontiac Trans Sport.
The institute says it suffered a massive collapse of its passenger
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 25 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Sports is next,
Highlights from the Express's match up with the Nailers...
Two area high school basketball teams win the right to face each other in
the state semifinals.
Stay with us.
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The Roanoke Express is on a roll in the Roundhouse!
Last night the Wheeling Nailers came to town for their one and only seasonal
meeting with the Express and left 5-to-2 losers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nailers vs. Express; :00
The Express hit the hardwater hoping to nail down its fourth straight home
And they would get on board and often as Ilya Dubkov got the scoring
started with this unassisted goal in the first period. Dubkov would add two
assists, and Dave Gagnon came through again in SUPER=38-Wheeling/2/Roanoke/5;
net with 38 saves.
Roanoke is in Knoxville tonight before returning home to host Charlotte on
GRAPHIC=girls state tourney
The defending state champs from Lord Botetourt have earned a spot in the
Group Two-A state semi-finals on Friday by stopping Region-4 champ Marion last
night on the Canes home floor.
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The Hurricanes were fired up as Mike Davidson's team came into the game with
an impressive 21-and-3 record.
And early on Leigh Jones will kick the ball back outside to Gretchen Doss who
cut Botetourt's lead to three points.
But Sarah Hicks led the Botetourt effort with a game high 21 points.
The Canes would try to stay within striking distance with Amanda Hall
draining this 3 point bomb. She would finish with a team high 14.
But Marion was no match for the defending state champs as Sara Moore turns
the Aimee Byrd assist into 2 more as the Cavs advance to the FINAL FOUR to play
William Byrd with the 69-to-53 win.
Virginia Tech has suspended another
Hokie accused of fighting. But to the coach's relief, this time
it's not a player.
The school's mascot, the Hokie Bird, has been suspended for the
rest of the season following an incident of FOWL play with the
Miami mascot during Saturday's football game.
Spectators told the "Roanoke Times" that the Hokie bird sent the Miami ibis
to the ground with a couple of punches in the second half.
The Hokie Bird was then dragged from the field by Orange Bowl security.