Coming up next on News 7-
A freighter smashes into a wharf in New Orleans, 60 people are injured, and
others are missing.
Last minute campaigning by the two candidates vying for Virgil Goode's state
And even though the past few days have been downright balmy, there's a snow
village in Roanoke, and we'll take you there.
News 7 is next.
TAPE# ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH
I'm Len Besthoff, filling in for Eric Earnhart
Dozens of injuries, but so far no confirmed fatalities after a freighter
smashed into a dockside shopping mall in New Orleans.
A grain freighter lost power and rammed the Riverwalk this afternoon.
Panicked holiday shoppers leapt into the Mississippi River and trampled each
other in the rush to escape.
The freighter was able to sound its horn for about three minutes
before the collision.
The executive director of port of New Orleans says rescue workers will
search overnight for survivors and possible victims.
Janice Williamson join us now with more.
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SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
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(( The crew set off their warning signals...but for some it was too late.
The Liberian-registered Bright Field collided into the Riverwalk complex
sending two shopping levels into the Mississippi River on this afternoon.
The shops and walkway were busy with holiday shoppers when the boat came out
of the river and hit the sidewalk.
Rescue workers hustled to bring the injured to local hospitals.
The Coast Guard is using infrared cameras to locate other victims that might
be trapped in the wreckage.
Buildings in the upscale shopping area collapsed and appeared
unstable...which could hinder rescue efforts.
Officials don't know yet why the accident happened.
But initial reports were the freighter lost power or ship's anchor
dropped...throwing it off course.
The ship is now tied up and several tugboats are helping keep it steady.
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A 75- year- old woman from Bassett was struck by a vehicle and killed late
State Police say Sally Wagner Cundiff attempted to cross route 40 west of
Rocky Mount around five- thirty when she was hit by a 1986 Ford Thunderbird.
No other information was available.
Administrators at The Citadel have suspended a cadet and three student
officers for allegedly spraying two female cadets with a flammable liquid and
setting their clothes on fire.
The South Carolina military college wouldn't give the names of any of the
cadets involved or details of the incident.
IN Q=For the duration
((MAJOR GENERAL CLIFTON POOLE, INTERIM PRESIDENT: FOR THE DURATION OF THE
INVESTIGATION THESE CADETS TEMPORARILY RELIEVED OF THEIR ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE
ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER BARRACKS, MEANWHILE WE WILL COOPERATE WITH STATE AND
FEDERAL AGENCIES. WE'VE SEEN SOME SMOKE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO FIRE
SUPER=01-Major General Clifton Poole/Citadel Interim President;
OUT Q=no fire existing.
The hazing incident took place about four weeks ago.
Officials said no one was injured.
The State Law Enforcement Division and the F-B-I also are investigating
allegations of physical and verbal threats against the women.
Four women were admitted to the state-supported military school when the
college dropped its all-male policy.
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There seem to be more questions than answers as relatives of the T-W-A
Flight 800 crash victims met with safety officials and investigators.
The group didn't learn anything new during a session with National
Transportation Safety Board investigators.
The families were told the probe continues to focus on what caused the
explosion in the center fuel tank.
An area of increasing concern among the families is that the plane was hit
by a missile.
But they say they were told there is no evidence that anything like that
Two pregnant women were among the passengers in a small plane that crashed
near Charlottesville this afternoon.
They're under observation at U-V-A hospital, after sustaining minor
The plane crashed on the approach to Charlottesville- Albemarle Airport
around 2 this afternoon after it ran out of fuel.
The other four people riding in the single- engine Cessna from Atlanta to
Leesburg, Virginia were not seriously hurt.
The two women and the plane's pilot are from Florida.
The identities of the other passengers have not been released.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
Two candidates are vying for Virgil Goode's vacant state senate seat,
And their political parties have a lot at stake.
The well may have run dry for Virginia Beach--
It doesn't look like water supply relief will be coming from Lake Gaston.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
We're in the middle of a mild weekend weather trend--
With high pressure building, our skies should stay clear for the next day or
A storm in the plains though, could drop some showers our way by early next
More about that in the forecast...right now, the temperatures of the day...
MUSIC UP FULL
People across the state are paying close attention to Tuesday's special
At stake; control of the state Senate.
On that day, voters will decide who will fill Virgil Goode's vacant seat.
If they pick Roscoe Reynolds, the chamber will have an equal number of
Democrats and Republicans, with Democratic Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer
holding the tie- breaking vote.
If voters choose Allen Dudley, the Senate will have a Republican majority
for the first time in the Commonwealth's history.
Denise Allen reports on the candidates' last minute efforts to get an edge
in what many call a tight race.
IN Q=The importance of
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((Both candidates hit the ground running this weekend.
Governor George Allen's presence demonstrated just how important this race
is to the balance of power in the state senate.
IN Q=i think it's
((ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I THINKS IT'S SIGNIFICANT THAT THE
GOVERNOR MADE THE TRIP TO CAMPAIGN WITH ME. ESPECIALLY SINCE MY OPPONENT IS
TRYING TO PRESENT HIMSELF AS BEING ENDORSED BY THE GOVERNOR. THAT'S ANOTHER
FLAT OUR DISTORTION OF THE TRUTH.))
OUT Q=OF THE TRUTH
IN Q=THERE'S NEVER BEEN
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: THERE'S NEVER BEEN ANY ATTEMPT TO
INDICATE THE GOVERNOR IS SUPPORTING ME, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND WHEN THE GOVERNOR
NEEDED HELP ON JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM HE ASKED FOR MY HELP. I'M A DEMOCRAT
BUT I HELPED HIM.))
OUT Q=HELPED HIM
To areas like Martinsville, which are experiencing the loss of jobs due to
corporate downsizing, economic development is a pressing issue.
Reynolds says his record shows he's strong on job growth.
IN Q=I'VE BEEN A
((REYNOLDS: I'VE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND FROM THE
VERY BEGINNING. TWO YEARS AGO WE INCREASED THAT FUND TO 18 MILLION DOLLARS.
MY OPPONENT VOTED AGAINST THAT BUDGET THAT YEAR. SO HE VOTED AGAINST THAT
OUT Q=AGAINST THAT MONEY
IN Q=PEOPLE IN THIS
((DUDLEY: PEOPLE IN THIS DISTRICT WANT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR JOBS, THE
OPPORTUNITY FOR BETTER JOBS. THAT'S VERY VITAL AND IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE
BACKGROUND IN, I HAVE EXPERIENCE IN.))
OUT Q= HAVE EXPERIENCE
But in the end it's the voters who will have the last word.
IN Q=THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE
((DUDLEY: THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE IS GOING TO BE THE PERCEPTION THAT THE PEOPLE
IN THE 20TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT TAKE AS TO WHO THEY THINK WILL BE THE BEST
LEADER IN THE AREA.))
OUT Q=IN THE AREA
IN Q=I AM CONVINCED
((REYNOLDS: I AM CONVINCED FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING THAT THE PEOPLE ALL
OVER THE DISTRICT DON'T APPRECIATE THE NEGATIVE ADVERTISING FROM THE REPUBLICAN
SIDE THIS YEAR.))
OUT Q=SIDE THIS YEAR.
The 20th senatorial district includes Floyd, Franklin, Henry and Patrick
Both candidates urge their supporters to spread the word about Tuesday's
Denise Allen News 7.))
And good news for Democrat Roscoe Reynolds....The state senate candidate
received the endorsement of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
The association says Reynolds has a history of supporting fire fighters and
public safety issues.
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GRAPHIC=Law & Gavel
Forty states say they're on North Carolina's side in its battle against
Virginia Beach over the Lake Gaston pipeline.
The attorneys general of 14 states filed a motion yesterday to add their
names to a legal brief submitted Monday by 26 other attorneys general
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The states contend that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted
improperly when it gave Virginia Beach the right to proceed with the 250
MILLION- dollar pipeline without asking for North Carolina's permission.
Virginia Attorney General James Gilmore plans to file a friend-of-the-court
brief next month to agree with the energy commission and reaffirm his support
for the pipeline.
Virginia has approved the project.
It takes a lot of furniture to furnish all of Marriot's hotel rooms.
And American of Martinsville has signed an agreement to supply all of the
wood furniture for the Hotel Giant.
The president of American says this represents a major endorsement of the
company as the top high quality- low cost producer in its industry.
The Marriott name graces more than 11- hundred properties with nearly 222-
Earlier this year Marriot announced plans to add approximately 120- thousand
Cox Cable just raised rates again-- and at the same time, the cost of
Satellite programming is on the way down.
The two delivery methods of T-V are vying for the public's dollar.
And each system comes with its own set of pluses and minuses.
As technology rapidly changes, so do the choices for the consumer.
((Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment:WE'RE ACCUSTOMED TO DESIGNING SYSTEMS
BOTH SMALL AND LARGE THAT WILL BRING IN THE LOCAL CHANNELS, ALL OF THEM THAT
ARE IN THIS PARTICULAR MARKET. AND THERE IS A PROVISION ON THE SATELLITE
EQUIPMENT TO ACTUALLY SWITCH TO AND FROM THAT LOCAL SIGNAL. Sharron Davies/Cox
Communications: LOCALISM NOT ONLY WITH YOUR LOCAL NETWORKS THAT YOU CAN
RECEIVE, AND THE PICTURE IS VERY CLEAR, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ADJUST AND TWEAK--
IT'S A CLEAR SIGNAL, AND ALSO WITH OUR FIBER OPTIC NETWORK, AND OUR FIBER LINES
FROM DIFFERENT BROADCASTERS, EVEN IF THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH LINE OF SIGHT
TRANSMISSION YOU WILL STILL GET THAT CHANNEL.
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SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications; :18
OUT Q=get that channel.
For more on the issues surrounding cable and satellite television services,
tune into On Record with Patrick Evans tomorrow morning at eleven.
You can spend a ton of money on Television programming-- And you may be able
to spend even more on Computer games.
We spoke to an expert who can help you sort through the maze of games.
IN Q=There are
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OUT Q=like the enterprise.
(( There are THOUSANDS, perhaps hundreds of thousands of computer games out
there that you can buy this holiday season, which makes it that much harder to
find just the right one for the cyber guy or gal on your shopping list.
But we have someone who can help, Johnny Wilson, the editor and chief of
Computer and Gaming World magazine.
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IN Q=The first
((JOHNNY WILSON/COMPUTER AND GAMING WORLD: THE FIRST THING IS TO FIND OUT WHAT
KIND OF COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT THE PERSON YOU'RE BUYING FOR HAS AND THE SECOND
THING IS TO MATCH THE GAME TO THE PERSON'S INTEREST.))
OUT Q=person's interest.
And if you're still wondering about which games to get, Wilson has a few
can't miss prospects with some of the best action, sound, and three-d video.
SOT 13:07:18 WILSON CLEAN
IN Q=For those
((WILSON: FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO LIKE FANTASY, ONE OF THE GREAT TOYS IS GOING TO
BE DAGGER FALL, WHICH PUTS YOU IN A MEDIEVAL WORLD, HAS 3D MONSTERS AND
VILLAINS COMING AT YOU, AND YOU HACK AND SLASH AT THEM WITH SWORDS AND HALVERS.
ANOTHER BIG GAME IS GOING TO BE STAR TREK STAR FLEET ACADEMY. THAT PUTS YOU
ON THE BRIDGE OF A SHIP LIKE THE ENTERPRISE.))
OUT Q=the Enterprise.
Wilson says if you are wondering about cost, you are looking at about 40 to
50 dollars apiece per game.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later on the newscast,
The Stagg bowl turned into a Salem shootout-- Roy has the story in sports.
The weather cooperated and 1996 Stagg Bowl was a game filled with plenty of
Mike Stevens has more on Mount Union's 56 to 24 come back win in the
Division three championship game.
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SUPER=01-Bill Borchert/505 Yards Passing & 7 TD'S; 1:20
SUPER=01-Kevin Knestrick/211 Yards Receiving; 1:29
OUT Q= ....news 7 sports.
Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel is the winner of the 1996 Heisman Trophy
presented by the Downtown Athletic Club.
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The voting by sportswriters and sportscasters was closer than expected.
Wuerffel won with 13-hundred 63 points.
running back Troy Davis from Iowa State was second with 11-hundred and 74.
Wuerffel passed for 36-hundred and 25 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading
the Gators to an 11 and 1 record.
He's the first quarterback in three years to win the award.
IN Q="I'd like
((DANNY WUERFFEL/HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Danny Wuerffel/Heisman Trophy Winner; :
OUT Q=......OF YOU GUYS."
The Philadelphia Eagles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull
out a 21 to 20 win over the New York Jets.
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The Jets came out with upset on their minds. And in the first quarter Glenn
Foley works the flea flicker and hooks up with Keyshawn Johnson on the 46 yard
touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing.
Philadelphia came back. Detmer going to the air and hitting Irving Fryar
on this 40 yard touchdown pass play to make it 10 to 7 Jets at the half.
The Jets took a 10 point lead with four minutes left in the third. Aaron
Glenn intercepts this Detmer pass and returns it 13 yards for the score to make
it 17 to 7 Jets.
But Detmer's two touchdown passes in SUPER=30-Philadelphia/21/N.Y.
Jets/20/;the fourth quarter this 14 yarder to Fryar gave the Eagles a 21 to 20
win keeping their playoff hopes alive.
San Diego's run at the playoffs may have ended today when the Chargers lost
to Chicago today 27 to 14.
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Stan Humphries back for today's game.
And in the first Quarter he throws the 20 yard touchdown pass to Andre
Coleman and the Chargers took the 7 to nothing lead.
The Bears got back in the game when Dave Kreig goes to the air and hits
Bobby Engram from 7 yards out to tie the game at 7 to 7.
The game was tied at 14 to 14 and SUPER=30-Chicago/24/San
Diego/14/;Chicago added 10 points in the fourth quarter Kreig throws the 8
yard T-D Pass to Ryan Wetnight Chicago wins it 24 to 14.
And coming up, The Express returned to action tonight at the Roundhouse.
And the Duke Blue Devils went into Philadelphia and upset 4-th ranked
The Roanoke Express was back on the Ice tonight after a five day break from
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The fans were fired up as the Express jumped out to an early lead on the
In the first period, Ilya Dubkov drops the pass to Jeff Jablonski who takes
a wrist shot that trickles in Roanoke led 1 to nothing.
Dubkov came right back this time he beats the defenseman and the goalie for
the easy shot to make it 2 to 1 Roanoke after the first period.
Roanoke opened the second period when Jeff Cowan fakes the Knoxville goalie
and scores to make it 3 to 1 Roanoke.
Dubkov would add his second goal of SUPER=38-Roanoke/6/Knoxville/4/;the
night on the breakaway and the Express returns to the Roundhouse with a 6 to 4
win over Knoxville.
Duke went on the road today and beat fourth ranked Villanova 87 to 79.
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The Wildcats went inside early to tie the game at two when Jason Lawson
gets the offensive rebound and scores.
But Duke was hot from the outside the next trip down the floor Trajan
Langdon nails the three pointer giving the Blue Devils the 11 to 10 lead.
Duke began a run this time the ball goes inside to Greg Newton in the
paint for the jumper and a seven point lead.
Villanova hit a cold spell have through the first half but this basket cut
the blue Devil lead to five.
The game was tight in the second SUPER=33-Duke/87/Villanova/79/;
half as Duke's Jeff Capel hits the three pointer and Duke goes on to win the
game 87 to 79.
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In Miami, Tim Hardaway hit two key free throws and Alonzo Mourning scored
26 points as the Heat beat the Raptors.
For that and all of today's scores lets go to the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0098-/Montana St./63/j/JMU/68///j/Emory & Henry/79//Guilford/67///;
SUPER=0098-j/Texas#18/98//Fresno St.#16/86////Texas Tech#18/89/j/TCU/93///;
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/76//Milwaukee/83/4///Utah/78//Orlando/75/4/Two Late
SUPER=0103-/Montreal/3//New Jersey/3//OT//N.Y. Islanders/1/j/Tampa Bay/4///;
SUPER=0103-j/Phoenix/5//Toronto/3//Two Late Games/;
OUT Q=....last score."