A house fire in Lynchburg leaves a family of six homeless for the holidays.
And a hunting accident in Franklin county leaves a 26 year old man in serious
Looks like a chilly Thanksgiving forecast but these early clouds will clear
out this afternoon. The rest of your holiday forecast is coming along in a few
and we'll have the score and highlights of the UVA-Kansas game
next on News 7.
There are conflicting reports out today as to whether Lord Botetourt High
School Coach Andy Ward has been suspended.
The Roanoke Times is reporting that School Board Chairman Jim Ruhland and
board member Michael Beahm say that Ward was suspended.
Both men denied that report this morning saying only Superintendent Robert
Reece could confirm if Ward has been suspended. Reece is out of town for the
Ward got a two week jail sentence for speeding, and for driving with a
license that was restricted because of two drunk driving charges.
Teachers at Lord Botetourt have been holding classroom discussion about the
One student told us what her classmates are saying.
IN Q=How it's unfair
((AMANDA NICHOLS/LORD BOTETOURT JUNIOR; HOW IT'S UNFAIR, THAT THEY JUST SAY THE
BAD THINGS ABOUT HIM, AND HE HAD GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM, BUT WE DON'T LIKE WHAT
HE DID, BUT WE LIKE HIM AS A PERSON.))
OUT Q=like him as a person
Nichols says most of the students she knows think Ward should keep teaching
Ward will serve part of his jail sentence this weekend.
Police in Danville say the body of a man turned up this morning within a few
hundred yards of where Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick were found shot
to death on Tuesday.
The body found this morning was discovered in an apartment in
the Cabin Lake complex -- a short distance from Cabin Creek, where
the Kendricks were found.
Danville police say today's victim was to have picked up his
sister from the airport, but didn't show up. Apartment management
went into the man's home and found his body stuffed in a closet.
Police are withholding his name pending positive identification.
Police say the elderly couple found shot to death in their Danville home had
been there for about a week.
The bodies of Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick were discovered Tuesday morning
inside their Springfield Road condominium.
A state medical examiner says they'd both been shot in the head.
The Kendricks' daughter was apparently in town for Thanksgiving and notified
police after she could not get anyone to the door.
Authorities are following up on several leads but have not made an arrest.
In a separate incident-
A Danville man was shot and killed in his home early this morning.
Willie Troy Kernodle was found in his home on Ross Street with gunshot
wounds to the chest.
He was taken to Danville Regional Memorial Center where he was pronounced
dead on arrival.
Police are still looking for a suspect.
A 26- year- old man is in stable condition this afternoon following a
Police say Michael Lorin Turner was hunting with Eric Edwards Reynolds in
Franklin County when Reynolds mistakenly shot Turner.
Turner is reportedly in serious condition after surgery.
Police have charged Reynolds with reckless handling of a firearm.
Sources in the Radford fire department say a firefighter's alleged drug use
may have been a public safety concern for years.
Tommy Long was fired Tuesday after being charged with a driving under the
influence of drugs last Thursday.
The fire engine he was driving hit a parked police car.
Several sources who did not wish to be identified said Long's termination is
Fire chief Martin Roberts says there's only been one other incident in the
three year's HE'S been chief.
He wrote Long a letter last Spring telling him to straighten up, or he'd be
fired. He says there were no other problems until the accident last Thursday.
State police say Long admitted he had taken prescription medication, and
that Roberts remarked at the accident scene that he could tell Long was quote
IN Q=I do
((MARTIN LONG/RADFORD FIRE CHIEF: I DO NOT REMEMBER MAKING ANY COMMENT LIKE
THAT AT ALL.
QUESTION: IF YOU COULD TELL HE HAD SOME SORT OF PROBLEM WOULD HAVE LET HIM
LONG: NO, IF I HAD KNOWN HE HAD A PROBLEM I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIM DRIVE. I
WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIM ON DUTY. ))
SUPER=01-Martin Roberts/Radford Fire Chief;
OUT Q=had him on duty.
Mayor Tom Starnes says city council was told of another situation involving
alcohol in the 19-80's.
A Galax woman died yesterday in a car accident.
Police say 34- year- old- Vivian Lynn Nichols was driving down route 58 when
she failed to stop at a stop sign and hit another vehicle.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bosnia may be the destination of some local soldiers.
An Army Reserve Unit in the Roanoke Valley is among the latest to be placed
on alert for possible duty in Bosnia.
The 110 members of the 21-74th Garrison Support Unit are based at the Salem
The unit has been notified to begin making preparations for the mission, but
an army spokesman says that does NOT mean the soldiers will definitely be
Defense Secretary William Perry is
thanking U-S troops in Bosnia for a job well done.
10 feed na030
Perry is in Bosnia for turkey dinner with U-S troops who are taking part in
the NATO-led peacekeeping mission.
Russian troops also joined the celebration.
Perry is on an eight day tour of U-S forces stationed overseas.
California's Proposition 209 is on hold by order of the federal court.
The measure ends affirmative action based on racial or gender preferences.
John Blackstone has the story.
IN Q=Opponents of
SUPER=01-Mark Rosenbaum/ACLU of Southern California; :21 (quick)
SUPER=03-Berkeley, CA/November 6, 1996; :27
SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting; :43
SUPER=01-Bill McNeill/Employment Law Center; :52
SUPER=01-Ward Connerly/Proposition 209 Leader; 1:06
OUT Q=San Francisco.
Opponents of California's Proposition 209 have been battling since
election day to overturn the measure which ends the state's affirmative action
They won their first victory yesterday when a federal judge blocked the measure
at least until a full court hearing.
MARK ROSENBAUM, ACLU OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
PROPOSITION 209 HAS BEEN STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS AND THANKSGIVING DAY CAME A DAY
By an impressive majority Californians approved proposition 209 voting to end
30 year's of affirmative action programs.
Supporter's said the proposition would make everyone equal by ending special
preferences for some.
But now a federal judge says the proposition may be unconstitutional because it
removes from women and racial minorities tools for combatting discrimination.
BILL MCNEILL, EMPLOYMENT LAW CENTER
"AS LAWYERS WE'RE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HAVE A JUDGE SAYING IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE
GOING TO WIN."
But for Ward Connerly, the African American businessman who led
the campaign FOR proposition 209 the court is undermining the will of the
WARD CONNERLY, PROPOSITION 209 LEADER
"I SENSE OUTCRY AMONG THE VOTERS. IT'S ALMOST REACHED THE POINT
WHERE OUR VOTE DOESN'T MEAN A DAMN ANYMORE."
In a written statement California's Governor, Pete Wilson called
the ruling absurd. He said Proposition 209 was meant to stop
discrimination against all races.
California's attempt to dismantle decades of affirmative action
now seems likely to be tied up in court for months...if not
years. John Blackstone CBS News San Francisco ))
Three Bedford Middle School eighth-graders are facing drug charges. Two
13- year- old boys face charges of Ritalin distribution and a 14- year- old
faces a charge of Ritalin possession.
Police say the three, along with a fourth boy, also were suspended from
school last week.
School officials say one of the boys had a prescription for the drug and
brought it to school.
Authorities say the boys were planning to distribute the drug.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at noon-- Governor Allen speaks up about E-P-A
and a family is spending Thanksgiving homeless after a fire destroys their
Let's check in with Robin Reed in the weather center.
music up full
A prisoner who was raped by his cellmate does not have a claim against the
warden of Augusta Correctional Center.
William Dixon said he was raped in May 1994, four nights after being
assigned to share a cell with Johnny Turner.
The U-S District Judge said the warden should have known how dangerous
Turner was and that the officer used "poor judgement" in cell assignments.
But he found that Saunders was not deliberately trying to risk Dixon and
that's why the claim was rejected.
Governor Allen is not happy with proposed E-P-A regulations.
But the man who's fought federal air standards repeatedly in court is
willing to look at new, stricter standards.
IN Q=Which counties
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHICH COUNTIES AND CITIES IN VIRGINIA WOULD BE DEEMED TO
BE A NON-ATTAINMENT AREA, BECAUSE OF THE NEW GOAL POST OR THE NEW HEIGHT OF THE
BAR THAT IS BEING DETERMINED BY EPA APPARENTLY IN THIS SITUATION. THERE ARE
THOSE WHICH CLEARLY HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE THE ROANOKE AREA, AND NOT JUST ROANOKE
CITY, BUT THE ROANOKE VALLEY AREA. THERE'S SOME THAT EVEN HAVE WYTHE COUNTY
BELIEVE IT OR NOT.))
OUT Q=it or not.
Hampton Roads and Richmond have finally met E-P-A's current regulations and
are awaiting re-designation for cleaning up their air.
Roanoke's Mill Mountain star burned red last night after a death in a drunk
driving related accident.
Donald Ray Fuller of Glade Hill died Sunday from injuries he suffered in an
accident on November 15th.
The star will burn red for 48 hours after drug or alcohol related traffic
deaths in our area.
The campaign is to bring attention to the dangers of drinking and driving.
A family of six is homeless this holiday after their Lynchburg house went up
The blaze at 102 Warfield Road was called in around 12:30.
Smoke and flames already were pouring from the single- story brick ranch by
the time firefighters arrived.
Crews say the fire appeared to have had a good head start.
IN Q=So the fire
((CAPT. ED JONES/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: SO THE FIRE HAD PROGRESSED PRETTY
RAPIDLY WITHIN THE STRUCTURE ALONG THE LEFT END OF THE HOUSE. WHEN THE CREWS
GOT HERE THEY TRIED TO MAKE AN INTERIOR ATTACK TO KEEP IT CONTAINED TO THE LEFT
SIDE WHICH THEY DID AND WERE SUCCESSFUL AT THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Jones/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=successful at that.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury to his hand while battling the
The father of the family renting the home was treated for smoke inhalation
at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Debris left near a baseboard heater may be to blame.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Fire destroyed a hay barn in Bedford County yesterday.
The fire started at about 1:30 in a field off Route 24 near Staunton River
Owner Danny Simmons lost dozens of bales of hay; officials estimated his
loss at about 3-thousand dollars.
No word on what might have started the fire.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast-- the roads and airways are full of holiday
travelers hoping to spend time with friends and family,
and we'll take you to a birthday party on Thanksgiving for the worlds oldest
The stalled Mideast peace plan has meant more than just frustration in
politics for many people in Israel.
The lack of a negotiated peace is posing a real threat to tourism and the
entire Israeli economy.
In Jerusalem, souvenir salesmen are enduring tough times as political
turbulence has led to a sharp slide in the numbers of tourists.
Thirty Two million according to Triple A, that's how many Americans will be
visiting friends and family this Thanksgiving weekend.
Scott Prince talked to some of those travelers and he files this report.
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :20
SUPER=00-Ruth Sharp/Holiday Motorist; :42
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia; 1:03
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
For Virginia's eight native American Indian tribes, Thanksgiving is tax
Yesterday they paid up with beaver and deer pelts.
The Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indians' "taxes" were stipulated in a 16-46
treaty with the colonial governor-- so they're a little different from what you
pay the tax man.
IN Q=I've had
((WILLIAM "SWIFT WATER" MILES/PAMUNKEY INDIAN CHIEF: I'VE HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS
OF MINE SAY "I SURE WISH I COULD PAY MY TAXES THE WAY YOU DO. SOMETHING I
THINK WE MAYBE MISS OUT ON WITH THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GRATUITY WE PAY THE
GOVERNOR. AND THAT IS THAT TREATY AS I JUST SAID THAT TREATY HAS BEEN
CONTINUOUSLY HONORED FOR THE LAST 350 YEARS. I THINK IT'S A CLEAR
DEMONSTRATION OF HOW PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ALL RACES, CAN LIVE TOGETHER
IN PEACE AND HARMONY.))
SUPER=01-William "Swift Water" Miles/Pamunkey Indian Chief;
OUT Q=peace and harmony.
The oldest known giant panda is celebrating her 20th birthday in a China zoo.
The Giant Panda's are a highly-endangered breed. It is estimated that there
are only about one- thousand left.
Qing Qing came to the world's attention when she gave birth twice in
captivity, at the advanced ages of 18 and 19.
She has generated plenty of income for the zoo in the past 16 years with
visitors flocking to see her.
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/20-22/Sunny Early/Clouds Move In/46-49;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Light Winds/22-24/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/48-50;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Light Winds/18-22/Sunny Early/Clouds Late/48-50;
SUPER=333-Clear Skies/Light Winds/18-20/Increasing Clouds/Late In Day/44-48;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/18-22/Sunny Skies/Light Wind/45-49;
Calling Mom for Christmas could cost you more this year.
A-T-and-T says it's raising rates nearly six percent on most of
the interstate long-distance calls made by consumers.
The new, higher charges take effect Sunday, the same day M-C-I
is scheduled to raise its rates.
Sprint hiked some of its prices earlier this month.
Analysts say A-T-and-T's increase appears to be a response to
M-C-I's. But an A-T-and-T spokesman denies there's any connection.
The stock market is closed for Thanksgiving.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
All eyes will be on the state's biggest grudge match tomorrow as U-V-A and
Tech battle for bragging rights,
we'll have a preview,
and U-V-A suffers a disappointment in Hawaii last night. They got to the final
game but lost the tournament.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Cavaliers made a good show but couldn't quite pull off the win in
Hawaii last night at the Maui Invitational Tournament.
Harold Deane sank 14 points and Curtis Staples drilled in 12 points with a
Virginia was ahead at the start of the second half of the game at 32-30.
But Kansas was too much and ended up with a 80 to 63 victory.
The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys renew their often anticipated but
recently overlooked rivalry as they hook up this Turkey Day in Irving with
first place on the line.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
Both teams come into the game after having lost this past Sunday.
The Cowboys trail the Skins by a game in the N-F-C East.
IN Q="Dallas and us...
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
((TROY AIKMAN/DALLAS COWBOYS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys Quarterback; :11
OUT Q=...MATTER TO ME."
If Tiki Barber can rack up 125 yards against Tech tomorrow he will become
U-V-a's all-time career rushing leader.
Tiki is currently third on the all-time list behind John Papit and Terry
Kirby, but remember last year he only picked up 58 against Tech.
((TIKI BARBER/NEEDS 125 YARDS TO PASS KIRBY:))
((LOREN JOHNSON/VA. TECH CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Needs 125 Yards To Pass Kirby; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Va. Tech Cornerback; :14
OUT Q=...STOPPING THE RUN."
history is on Tiki's side. In 19-92 Terry Kirby came in looking to do same
thing and he racked up 185 yards on the Tech defense in that game.
The Roundhouse will be rocking tonight as the Roanoke Express takes on the
South Carolina Stingrays.
The Express opens a three game weekend series at the Roanoke Civic Center
against the Rays at 7:30.
Roanoke is 1, 2 and 1 against South Carolina and both games at the Civic
Center have gone to shoot out's with each team winning once.
Hundreds of thousands are braving the cold in New York City for the 70th
annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
They're seeing giant helium balloons of cartoon characters and extravagant
And as always, the best is saved for last as Santa arrives and wraps up the
annual Thanksgiving celebration.
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