The death toll continues to rise in the crash of an Ethiopian airliner.
And a Radford man faces a first degree murder charge following the death of
a young woman.
A vigorous cold front is headed our way, and it will usher in some big
changes in our forecast. I'll have those details from the Weather Center,
along with a look at today's sporting news.
North Korea says it will release an American being held on spy charges.
Evan Hunziker (HUHN'zih-kur) was arrested in August after entering North
Korea from China.
The U-S denied he was spying.
He's expected to arrived at an Air Base outside of Tokyo tomorrow with U-S
Congressman Bill Richardson.
President Clinton is declaring his first overseas trip since being
re-elected a success.
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit has ended in the Philippines
with a tariff agreement hammered out between the U-S and 18 Pacific rim
The agreement would eliminate most tariffs on computers, software and
telecommunications gear by the year 2-thousand.
((IMAGINE IF WE WENT TO ZERO
TARIFFS.. WHAT THAT WOULD MEN TO AMERICA.." (EDIT) "APEC'S
ENDORSEMENT OF THIS IS A BIG DEAL.. AND THE PRODUCT OF DETERMINED, CONSISTENT
DIPLOMACY.. " ))
OUT Q= consistent diplomacy.
Meantime, President Clinton is defending his meeting with the President of
The two leaders have announced plans to exchange state visits over the next
President Clinton is now in Thailand.
GRAPHIC=plane crash invest
Bodies are still being recovered in the the wreckage of a hijacked Ethiopian
Airlines passenger jet.
The plane crashed just off of a beach resort Saturday after hijackers
refused to let it land to refuel.
127 people died and 52 survived including two of the hijackers and three
Among them an American diplomat.
((FRAN HUDDLE/ US CONSUL GENERAL, BOMBAY: AND THE PLANE WAS CIRCLING A LOT CAME
ON AND SAID HE HAD LOST AN ENGINE AND WAS RUNNING OUT OF FUEL AND WAS GOING TO
LIKELY HAVE TO GO DOWN IN THE OCEAN. SO THEY GOT EVERYBODY IN THE RIGHT
SUPER=01-Fran Huddle/US Consul General to Bombay;
OUT Q=IN THE RIGHT POSITIONS.
Some of the dead were still trapped inside the wreckage so last night crews
used a truck to drag the main section of the fuselage onto the beach so the
bodies could be retrieved.
The Coast Guard and the Air Force have ended their search for the remains of
a military plane that crashed off California Friday.
Only one of eleven men on board survived.
(( THE COAST GUARD DID A SUPER JOB. THEY TOLD ME THEY HAD 2 MINUTES LEFT
ON SCENE WHEN THEY HAD SPOTTED ME. OTHERWISE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO TURN AROUND
AND GO BACK TOWARDS THE COAST SO, I'M A VERY LUCKY INDIVIDUAL.. VERY LUCKY
SUPER=01-Robert Vogel/U.S. Air Force;
OUT Q=VERY LUCKY INDIVIDUAL, VERY LUCKY INDIVIDUAL. (DOUBLE OUT!!!)
The bodies of only two crew members have been recovered.
Rail travel is just about back to normal in the Northeast today.
Workers have repaired the damage caused by Saturday's train derailment in
Thirty four people were injured when the passenger train jack-knifed into a
Investigators say a broken rail attachment caused of the derailment.
Its day two on the witness stand for O-J Simpson in his civil trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Friday;
He's expected to face tough questioning about a cut on his finger,
blood evidence, shoes, and the infamous bloody gloves.
On Friday, under examination by the plaintiff's lawyers, Simpson denied
killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
A Radford man is in jail on first degree murder charges.
26- year- old Chad Joseph LaRue was taken into custody by Radford Police
yesterday for the alleged murder of 21- year- old Melissa Ann Dyal (Dial).
Both shared the same residence.
Larue apparently shot Dyal yesterday morning.
Police have yet to release where Dyal's body was found.
Some craft vendors set up shop on the floor of the Roanoke Civic Center
expecting big crowds.
But some say a brochure given to them by the promoter overestimated the
number of shoppers.
IN Q=I FEEL LIKE
((KIM PEYTON/BEAUTICONTROL COSMETICS: I FEEL LIKE WE WERE MISLED. THEY TOLD
US THERE THERE WOULD BE 100 VENDORS, THERE'S 69 AND AS FOR THE FOOT TRAFFIC, WE
WERE TOLD THERE WOULD BE SEVEN TO 10 THOUSAND TO COME THROUGH AND WE'LL GIVE
THEM A GOOD DAY AS PROBABLY A COUPLE THOUSAND. BUT THAT WAS THROUGHOUT THE
((DID YOU MAKE ANY MONEY?
FAYE DARBY/AUNT LUCY'S GOURMET GOODIES: NONE AT ALL. WE DIDN'T EVEN COVER OUR
EXPENSES. I MEAN FOR THE LITTLE BIT OF TRAFFIC THERE WAS SOME INTEREST. BUT
THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC. I SOLD MORE OUT OF MY HOTEL ROOM.))
SUPER=01-Kim Peyton/Beauticontrol Cosmetics; :00
SUPER=01-Faye Darby/Aunt Lucy's Gourmet Goodies; :18
OUT Q=MY HOTEL ROOM
The promoter, the Hamilton Corporation, say no such promises were ever made.
Spokesman Brian Hamilton would not appear on camera.
But he says if foot traffic was low it's because the sponsors-- one of which
is W-D-B-J-- did not do their jobs.
Hamilton says they should know the gate totals by next week.
And he points out some vendors did make money.
IN Q=WE MAKE BOWS
((PATTIE HYLTON/RIBBONS AND BOWS: WE MAKE BOWS. WE HAND MAKE OUR OWN BOWS AND
IT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE SHOWS LOOKING JUST FOR OUR BOWS. WE GOT
A LOT OF REGULARS IN ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Pattie Hylton/Ribbons And Bows;
OUT Q=REGULARS IN ROANOKE
Some of the vendors say they're planning on suing the Hamilton Corporation
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Demand is up- and now tobacco farmers in Virginia have to plan strategy for
Water may be the trademark of this unique city, but enough is enough.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
music up full
A Clifton Forge Nursing Home has to send away some residents within the
Tonight, those residents and their families will find out where they can go.
Shenandoah Manor learned last week it would lose its Medicaid funding
because it failed its latest health department inspection.
That means 35 residents will have to move by December 22nd.
Representatives from the League of Older Americans, health department and
social services are helping residents relocate.
IN Q=They will be
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LOA: THEY WILL BE TALKING TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR
FAMILIES TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WOULD BE BEST. WHAT KIND
OF SERVICES ARE NEEDED BY THE INDIVIDUAL SO THEY WILL LOOKING FOR BEDS AS CLOSE
SUPER=01-Kevin McCullough/League of Older Americans; :23
OUT Q=close as possible.
Shenandoah Manor was told in May it would have to work on several problems
concerning patient care.
The health department decided it would cut off Medicaid funding after an
inspection last week.
IN Q=The potential for
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LOA: THE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSFER IS GREAT. IT'S GOING TO BE
DIFFICULT TASK TO MOVE THESE PEOPLE WITH COMPASSION. ))
OUT Q=people with compassion.
An informational meeting for residents' families will be held tonight at 7
at the Clifton Forge Fire House.
Lord Botetourt football coach Andy Ward will spend the Christmas holidays in
Ward pled guilty to charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended
license in Botetourt County General District Court today.
His license had been suspended because of a D-U-I conviction in March.
After that incident, a Botetourt deputy clocked him doing 90 miles an hour
on U-S 460.
Ward will serve 14 days of a four month jail sentence; the rest has been
Earlier this month... eight Virginia Tech football players were indicted on
charges stemming from an on- campus fight.
And in an unrelated incident... another was charged with abduction.
But none of those cases will be heard before January.
This morning, attorney advisement hearings were held for all of the indicted
The two facing the most serious crimes are Angelo Harrison and Brad Baylor.
Through their lawyer, they maintained their innocence.
IN Q=We pled
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WE PLED NOT GUILTY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY ARE NOT
GUILTY. I BELIEVE THE FACTS WILL PROVE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=prove that
Trial dates were set for all of the players in question... except for All-
American defensive end Cornell Brown.
Both he and his attorney failed to appear in court.
Tobacco growers on the southside could enjoy one of their busiest growing
That's because many experts are predicting an increase in the 19-97 tobacco
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=It's hard to
SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Halifax Co. Extension Agent; :18
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends For Tobacco; 1:33
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( It's hard to forget the serious damage inflicted by Hurricane Fran.
Along the East Coast, heavy wind and rain devastated countless tobacco
Here in Virginia, the system was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it
still had an impact on the state's number one cash crop.
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT:BECAUSE THERE WAS A REDUCED SUPPLY
OF TOBACCO, IN STATES SOUTH OF VIRGINIA, DUE TO FRAN, AS YOU MENTIONED, THE
STOCKS OR RESERVE STOCKS WERE BOUGHT OUT OR PURCHASED, AND, OF COURSE, THIS
WILL HAVE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON THE QUOTA, FOR THE 1997 GROWING SEASON. ))
OUT Q=growing season.
In other words, the tobacco companies, will, most likely, ask farmers to
grow more tobacco than in previous years.
McPeters predicts the quota will increase 13- percent or more, based on the
purchasing intentions set by the company's last year.
IN Q=We know
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF FARMERS
LOOKING AT BUYING GREEN HOUSES TO PRODUCE THE TRANSPLANTS, LOOKING AT
ADDITIONAL CURING BARN SPACE, LIKE BULK BARNS, ADDITIONAL LABOR WILL BE NEEDED
AND ALL THESE THINGS, CAPITAL IS ALSO A BIG ITEM, TO BORROW THE MONEY TO
PRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL 13 TO 20 PERCENT MORE REQUIRES 13- TO 20 PERCENT MORE
OUT Q=more capital.
Clarence Bryant is also predicting an increase in the tobacco quota.
But it's doubtful he'll take advantage, he's also advising other farmers to
think twice, before making any kind of investment.
IN Q=If you're
((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRES. CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE
REASON WE'RE GETTING THE ADDITIONAL QUOTA, IT'S ALL TIED TO WEATHER RELATED
ISSUES AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIES ARE ON AN
INCREASE, SO THEREFORE, IT'S BOUND TO BE TEMPORARY.))
OUT Q=be temporary.
Right now, all talk regarding the quota is speculative.
The actual amount will be set next month. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Divers are searching the bottom of the Columbia River in Washington state
hoping to find the body of legendary skyjacker D-B Cooper. (----------------)
Twenty-five years ago this week Cooper parachuted out of a passenger plane
with 200 thousand dollars, after hijacking the plane.
Authorities believe he landed in the river and sank to the bottom.
Some of the money from the hijacking has turned up from time to time in the
Many people, however, believe Cooper is alive.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Some Farmers are having their loans foreclosed-- and they claim it's because
of their background.
A family in Bedford County has two unique dogs.
Stay with us.
Black farmers have filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of
Agriculture in an attempt to stop foreclosures on their loans.
The lawsuit also seeks compensation for farmers who say they have been
discriminated against by U-S-D-A credit agencies.
Eleven of the 30 farmers specifically mentioned in the suit are from
Just in case they do not win in court, the National Black Farmers
Association is moving forward with plans for a demonstration in Washington on
Variety is the spice of life, and that's what a Bedford couple was looking
for when it adopted Pepper.
Pepper you may recall is the three legged dog also known as Tripod, who was
sheltered at the S-P-C-A and looking for a home.
The S-P-C-A took applications for more than a month, looking for the best
Jim and Judy Maddox adopted "Pepper" Saturday.
IN Q=RUSTY THE DOG
((JUDY MADDOX/PEPPER'S OWNER: RUSTY, THE DOG WE ALREADY HAVE, HAS THREE LEGS.
WE WERE AFRAID THAT NO ONE WOULD ADOPT HER. WE WENT BY AND PUT IN AN
APPLICATION AND WE WERE SELECTED TO TAKE HER HOME WITH US.
JIM MADDOX/PEPPER'S OWNER: VERY FRISKY, VERY PLAYFUL, AS ANY PUPPY WOULD
BE. SHE RUNS AROUND. SHE'S GOT MORE ENERGY THAN THE OTHER TWO DOGS, I THINK,
SUPER=01-Judy Maddox/Pepper's Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Maddox/Pepper's Owner; :15
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW
Judy Maddox says "Pepper" is so charged with energy that it's a good thing
they have 10 acres.
And she says "Pepper" is getting along great with their dog "Rusty" as well
as the neighbor's dog "Fred."
Parts of Venice, are under water this afternoon in the worst flooding the
Italian city has seen in some 15 years.
Tourists are having the unique experience of going eyeball to eyeball with
passing boatmen-- instead of looking down on them in the canals that are
normally well below the level of the city's pavements.
More flooding is expected today and tomorrow.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Meantime winter weather is causing some headaches in the central U-S today.
Texas travelers are dealing with canceled flights and sleet covered roads.
In southwest Missouri schools are closed following an overnight ice storm.
The wintry mix should spread to southern Illinois by afternoon.
SUPER=330-Periods of Rain/& Storms/44-48/Morning Clouds/Partly Cloudy/50-54;
SUPER=331-Rain and/Storms/46-50/Morning Clouds/Then Partly Cloudy/52-56;
SUPER=332-Rain/& Storms/42-46/Rain Ending/Turning Cooler/46-50;
SUPER=333-Rain and/Storms/42-46/Cloudy &/Turning Cooler/48-52;
SUPER=334-Rain/May Be Heavy/40-44/Rain & Drizzle/Turning Cooler/44-48;
A defensive investment offers protection for your hard earned dollars.
Here's Len Besthoff with the latest installment of Common Sense.
IN Q=This week
SUPER=01-Tom Dunkenberger/Wheat First Butcher Singer; :10
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=This week
((This week on Common Sense, part two of our talk about defensive investments.
This time around, we'll talk about stocks that pay steady dividends.))
OUT Q=steady dividends.
IN Q=In an uncertain
((TOM DUNKENBERGER/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: IN AN UNCERTAIN MARKET A LOT OF
PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK TOWARDS A COMPANY THAT HAS HISTORICALLY HAD A DIVIDEND.
BECAUSE IF THE MARKET DOES DROP OFF AT LEAST YOU'RE GETTING REWARDED BY AN
INCOME STREAM IN THE FORM OF A DIVIDEND. AND I LOOK FOR COMPANIES THAT HAVE A
VERY LONG HISTORY YEAR AFTER YEAR OF PAYING A DIVIDEND. AND OVER THE LAST
NUMBER OF YEARS THAT HAVE HAD A TRADITION OF INCREASING THAT DIVIDEND. SO IT
HELPS YOU IN A BAD MARKET. WHEN THE MARKET'S DOWN YOU'RE AT LEAST GETTING A
RISING INCOME STREAM IN THE FORM OF A DIVIDEND. IT GIVES YOU A BETTER TOTAL
RETURN IN A BAD MARKET.))
OUT Q=bad market.
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff with
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it
back to the newsdesk.))
OUT Q=the newsdesk.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 23 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next in Sports,
We'll check up on the Panthers...
...who remain one game behind the 49ers in the N-F-C west.
San Francisco had to go to overtime to knock off the Redskins.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Redskins had a rough afternoon yesterday.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/FOX Sports;
It was a battle of field goals in the first half Washington's Scott Blanton
hits this 22 yarder and the Redskins took the 6 to 3 lead late in the second
The score was tied at 9 with 11 minutes in the fourth then Guss Frerotte
hits tight end Jamie Asher and he takes it in from 20 yards out and the
Redskins led the game 16 to 9.
But the Niners came right back capping a long drive when William Floyd ties
the game at 16 and sends it to overtime.
Terry Kirby's 29 yard run set up SUPER=30-San
Francisco/19/Washington/16/;this Wilkins 38 yard field goal and the Niners
beat the Redskins 19 to 16 in overtime.
The Carolina Panthers stay one game behind San Francisco in the N-F-C West.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/FOX Sports; :
Steve Beuerlein goes to the air and hits Willie Green on the 30 yard
touchdown pass play--the first of his three T-D passes on the day.
Sam Mills returned a fumble for a touchdown, and on this play Eric Davis
intercepts the Chris Chandler pass setting up a score.
Several plays later Green is open SUPER=30-Carolina/31/Houston/6/;again
and he takes it in from 12 yards out--the Panthers beat the Houston Oilers 31
Roanoke's Nathan Hungate scored 30 points and was named the M-V-P as the
Maroons beat Ferrum 96 to 92 in overtime to claim the Salem Bank and Trust Tip
Off tournament title.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Ferrum; :
The Maroons pounded it inside-- Here, guard Nathan Hungate finds Tim Braun
underneath for another easy hoop.
The Panthers run the floor and this time they go inside and Marcus Toney
knocks it in off the glass for the basket to keep Ferrum in the game.
But Roanoke continued to get the SUPER=33-Roanoke/96/Ferrum/92/;easy inside
baskets from Braun and the Maroons go on to win the game 96 to 92 in overtime.
Jerry Braswell hit a career-high five three pointers as Wake Forest took on
V-M-I at home.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/HTS; :
V-M-I's Eric Mann pulls up and hits this jumper and the Keydets trailed 24
to 11 in the first half.
Wake's Ricky Peral goes outside, hitting the three pointer as the Demon
Deacons went on top 27 to 11.
V-M-I missed six shots in a row, then Brent Conley pulls up and hits the
three pointer and the Keydets trailed 28 to 15.
But Wake goes to its big man Tim SUPER=33-Wake Forest/92/VMI/63/;Duncan
and he takes it inside for the score and a 10 point lead and the Deacons beat
V-M-I 92 to 63.
Thousand of people in Pasadena were treated to a grand parade.
It was not the Rose parade, but the Doo Dah Parade.
A smiling Michael Jackson clone strolled through the streets pushing a baby
carriage-- and the West Hollywood cheerleaders shaved their beards and
mustaches for the occasion.
The Basset Hound Rescue performed the "Howl-ellujah" chorus and
Polyester-clad "Lownge Lizards" sang Frank Sinatra tunes and swaggered