Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at 11.
Between three and seven crew members aboard a cargo plane are killed in
Giles County. It's tHe largest plane to crash in this area.
And more than 200 hostages are released from the Japanese ambassador's
All this and highlights from the last game at RFK stadium next on NEWS-7 at
Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 at 11, I'm Eric Earnhart.
Eyewitnesses in Giles County say they felt the earth move when a plane
crashed earlier this evening.
The largest aircraft to ever crash in our area.
The cargo plane crashed into the side of a mountain in Giles County. Right
near the West Virginia border.
Rescue personnel say there are no survivors.
double boxes Eric/Denise
Denise Allen has been following the search, Denise do you have an exact
count of how many people were on board.
(roll Cue: "...find the crash.")
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OUT Q=in for help.
double boxes Denise/Eric
(questions: Denise, what can you tell us about the DC-8?)
take plane full
Icy roads throughout our region are making driving dangerous tonight.
Route 2-20 in the Alleghany Highlands is closed tonight because of slick
The Sheriff's department says icy conditions have made driving treacherous
on both Route 2-20 and Interstate 64.
It reports at least 20 accidents in that area since three o'clock this
The stretch of highway is closed from 6-87 to the Bath County Line,
including the area through Covington.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is also closed tonight.
Rebels in Peru are releasing more hostages tonight.
Peruvian television broadcast live pictures of hostages boarding busses that
lined up in front of the compound where the rebels took 340 hostages on
The commander of the rebels said he was releasing 225 hostages as a
Peruvian news reports say the freed hostages include diplomats from the
United States, Germany, and Canada.
One of the American hostages, has family members here in Roanoke.
There's no word yet if he is among the hostages released tonight.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, is it making way for the future, or taking a
part of the past? We'll tell you about the end of a famous landmark.
and if you're looking for some different Christmas gifts, don't forget about
your local museums.
Quite a hazardous night for travel--
A Winter Weather Advisory's in effect as freezing rain and drizzle are
making for some slick roads.
But the moisture should taper off by morning as temperatures gradually
Right now, let's check out the highs and lows...
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Christmas shoppers apparently did some serious damage at the registers
this holiday season.
Still with two shopping days to go, merchants say sales are higher than
This is the last weekend before the big day and store owners say
procrastinators have been keeping the stores busy.
And they apparently aren't just buying stocking stuffers...they're buying
the big ticket items as well.
Many customers say they're looking for last minute deals.
IN Q=I ALWAYS DO
((BARBARA HOLBROOK/SHOPPER: I ALWAYS DO LAST MINUTE SHOPPING. I LOVE
CHRISTMAS AND I GO RIGHT UP TO THE END, THE SALES GET BETTER AND I JUST KEEP
OUT Q=I JUST KEEP SHOPPING
Holbrook says she believes an improved economy is prompting shoppers to buy
That's the attitude retailers love-- saying they do notice a difference in
IN Q=IT'S BEEN GREAT
((COLLEEN CARRELL/STEIN MART: IT'S BEEN GREAT. IT'S BEEN MORE CONCISE BUT
BUSIER DAYS AND WE'RE MAKING OUR SALES FOR THE DAY.))
SUPER=01-Colleen Carrell/Stein Mart;
OUT Q=FOR THE DAY
With Christmas on Wednesday, many stores are open extended hours tomorrow,
and close early Christmas Eve.
GRAPHIC=gas prices up
The highways will be well traveled this week.
Triple A estimates 39 million Americans will be hitting the highways to
Eighty percent of them will be traveling by car.
Not only will they rack up the mileage, but a pricy gas bill.
Compared to last December, gasoline prices are up a whopping 17 cents a
But according to local Triple- A officials, things could be worse.
IN Q=The least
((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AREA IN THE COUNTRY IS
THE SOUTH EAST SO WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BETTER THAN AVERAGE PRICES HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia;
OUT Q=prices here
According to Bradford the most expensive place to buy gasoline is on the
Business news ran the gamut this past week-- pink slips for some, while
employment figures are on the rise elsewhere.
Here's Len Besthoff with details in the News 7 Business Review.
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LIMITORQUE LBRAW 00:02:14
Limitorque in Lynchburg has laid of 23 hourly workers, and 15 salaried
The company employs several hundred people, making devices that open and
TGIF LBRAW 00:00:30
A Lynchburg based retailer is closing up shop after 15 years.
T-G-I-F says its locations in Lynchburg, Blacksburg, and Lexington are no
longer getting their clothing from J-Crew, their main supplier.
wv shoe lbraw 00:06:39
Things are looking up for a Pocahontas County company.
West Virginia Shoe has secured some big contracts and by the end of 1997 it
hopes to increase its employment to about 200 people.
BABCOCK & WILCOX LBRAW 00:03:32
Babcock and Wilcox is looking to terminate less than 50 salaried positions
at its central Virginia facility, due to slower business at its Naval Nuclear
The company first extended a voluntary termination option to anyone who's
health tex lbraw 00:08:40
Union leaders and management at Health Tex in Danville avoided the tense
negotiations that took place three years ago and reached a new contract
The deal, which covers 1100 workers in the area includes a five percent wage
increase in its first year, and a three percent raise the next two years.
CONRAIL LBRAW 00:04:07....NS 00:05:39
The bidding war for Conrail has intensified.
C-S-X increased the stock portion of its offer and put off a vote on the
deal, then Norfolk Southern followed by upping its cash offer by a half billion
hanover direct lbraw
One of Roanoke County's largest employers is cutting back.
Catalog company Hanover Direct has announced 100 layoffs, and workers say
more cutbacks may be one the way.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 180 points, while Nasdaq finished up about 4 points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
A Kansas landmark is a pile of rubble today.
The famous Allis Hotel in Wichita was blown up today to make room for a
city parking lot.
The hotel was built in 1930.
Among the names in its guest register: Joan Crawford, President Kennedy,
Eleanor Roosevelt, writer James Michener and Elvis Presley.
Residents fought to save this building, trying to find a way to re-develop
it, but the city council voted to tear it down.
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Stay with us for more News 7 at 11, a race car driver has a brush with
death-- but it wasn't on the track.
Plus the creator of a curious friend has died. The story of Margret Rey when
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If you are looking for a gift outside of the traditional presents, you
might want to check out local museums.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=Santa has been hanging out
SUPER=01-Eva Walters/Harrison Museum Curator; :25
SUPER=01-Suzanne Williams/Museum Store Shopper; :58
SUPER=01-Linda Webb/Museum Store Shopper; 1:05
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke
((Santa has been hanging out at the history museum of the Roanoke Valley,
but the museum's gift shop on the city market also has a lot to offer for the
A few blocks away, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture sells
distinctive handmade crafts from Africa... and this year is offering the new
pictorial history of the region's African American heritage.
IN Q=I'm sure there are some items.
(( I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME ITEMS THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND IN OTHER
DEPARTMENT STORES, BUT I THINK IT'S KIND OF FUN TO COME TO A MUSEUM AND FIND
SOME SPECIAL THINGS AT A STORE THERE.))
OUT Q=at a store there.
NAT SOUND OF THE 611
Echoes of the 611 and other steam locomotives are for sale at the Virginia
Museum of Transportation, where the National Railway Historical Society
features the work of photographer O. Winston Link.
And if stocking stuffers, are the stuff of your last- minute search...
don't forget the Science Museum of Western Virginia...
IN Q=I'm just looking for different things
((SUZANNE WILLIAMS/MUSEUM STORE SHOPPER: I'M JUST LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT THINGS
FOR MY SON. HE REALLY LIKES THE SCIENCE MUSEUM. THEY HAVE LOT'S OF STOCKING
STUFFERS. HE'S INTO ROCKS AND GEMSTONES.))
((LINDA WEBB/MUSEUM STORE SHOPPER: THEY HAVE LOTS OF GREAT, YOU KNOW, SNAKES
AND EYEBALLS AND BRAINS AND THINGS THAT BOYS LIKE, I THINK laughter.))
And the list doesn't stop here. Museums and cultural groups throughout
western Virginia have gift shops that supplement their tight budgets, and offer
unique alternatives to the usual Christmas fare.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
The author who created the Man With the Yellow Hat, and his famous curious
monkey has died.
Margret Rey, the author of the Curious George children's book series died
Rey and her late husband wrote the first book in Paris in the 30's.
They escaped on bicycles just before German troops occupied the city,
carrying the unsold manuscript with them.
The first of seven books was published in 1941.
The series sold 20 million copies world-wide.
Margret Rey, dead at age 90.
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The Carolina Panthers became the fastest expansion team to make the playoffs
when they captured the N-F-C west title and a first round bye by beating the
Pittsburgh Steelers 18 to 14.
SUPER=03-Charlotte/NBC SPORTS; :
The Panthers led 9 to nothing until the second quarter. Steeler
quarterback Mike Tomzak hooks up with Andre Hastings on the six yard touchdown
pass to make it 9 to 7 Panthers.
Then Kordell Stewart showed his stuff. Stewart drops back to pass but
instead he tucks it in goes up the middle then cuts to the sideline and scores
on the 80 yard touchdown run and the Steelers led 14 to 9 at the half.
The Panthers used three John Kasay field goals in the second half this 29
yarder in the fourth quarter gave Carolina an 18 to 14 lead.
But again it was the Panther SUPER=30-Carolina/18/Pittsburgh/14/; defense
that comes up with the big play. On third and goal from the 8 Chad Coda
intercepts the Stewart pass in the end zone and Carolina wins it 18 to 14.
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((CHAD CODA/ONE INTERCEPTION: ))
((KERRY COLLINS/PANTHER QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Chad Coda/One Interception; :03 (quick)
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :07 (quick)
OUT Q=.....enough about em."
The Washington Redskins said good bye to R-F-K in a big way today. Terry
Allen scored three touchdowns as the Skins beat the Cowboys 37 to 10.
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Many of the former Redskins were on hand this afternoon for the final game
at R-F-K and they had to be proud of the Redskins performance.
Terry Allen was the man. This Allen two yard run in the third quarter gave
the Redskins a 23 to 3 lead.
Then moments later Allen takes the
SUPER=30-Washington/37/Dallas/10/;handoff again from Gus Frerotte and scores
from six yards out and the Redskins rout the Cowboys 37 to 10.
The Green Bay Packers wrapped up their regular season with a 38 to 10 win
over the Minnesota Vikings. Brett Favre passed for three touchdowns raising his
season total of a record 39 this season.
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The Packers were playing for the home field advantage and they got it.
And early in the first quarter Favre hands off to Edgar Bennett he goes up
the middle from the five to make it 7 to nothing Packers.
Minnesota answered the call when Quarterback Brad Johnson hooks up with a
wide open Cris Carter on this 43 yard touchdown and the game was tied at 7
still in the first quarter.
Favre threw two touchdown passes to SUPER=30-Green
Bay/38/Minnesota/10/;Dorsey Levins this one from 13 yards out to break the tie
and the Packers go on to win it 38 to 10.
Morten Anderson missed a 30 yard field goal this afternoon and Jacksonville
beats the Atlanta Falcons 19 to 17 and the Jaguars are in the Playoffs.
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The Jaguars took the lead in the first quarter when Mark Brunell scores
from the 11 yard line to make it 7 to nothing Jacksonville.
Jacksonville built its lead with SUPER=30-Jacksonville/19/Atlanta/17/;
three field goals inside the 10 yard line this Mike Hollis 42 yarder put the
Jags ahead to stay and Jacksonville wins it 19 to 17.
Houston, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle ended
their seasons with wins today.
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And in Orchard Park, The Bills rode the arm of Jim Kelly into the playoffs.
Kelly threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second half as the Bills beat the
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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Many of the Nebraska fans out in Lincoln say they consider this year's Orange
Bowl game with Virginia Tech to be nothing more than a glorified Spring game.
They don't think the Hokies are worthy of a game with the two time defending
But the Nebraska players have plenty of respect for Tech.
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((JASON PETER/NEBRASKA DEFENSIVE TACKLE:))
((DEANGELO EVANS/NEBRASKA I-BACK:))
SUPER=01-Jason Peter/Nebraska Defensive Tackle; :00
SUPER=01-DeAngelo Evans/Nebraska I-Back; :36
OUT Q=...LOOK AT IT."
And coming up, Virginia Tech loses on the road North Carolina slips by
And the Duke Blue Devils get an easy win over Army in Durham this afternoon.
Virginia Tech played its last game before the holiday break. Ace Custis
scored 15 but the Hokies lost to West virginia 76 to 68.
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And the Tigers of Princeton almost pulled off the upset today.
Princeton's Goodrich takes it to the hoop for the easy layup and the Tigers
trailed by only two.
But Carolina took it inside. Vince Carter with the alley oop jam in the
second half and Carolina led by 10.
The Tar heels survived a barrage of SUPER=33-UNC/69/Princeton/60/;threes
in the second half to get the 69 to 60 win over Princeton.
Elsewhere in the A-C-C. 8-th ranked Clemson scored an easy 76 to 64 win
over Texas A & M.
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While in Durham this afternoon, Duke and Army went nose to nose.
Army's George Tatum with the nice spin move and scores the jumper the Blue
Devils led 7 to 6.
But Duke cranked it up Rashown McCleod gets the pass inside for the easy
jam and a 9 point lead.
Duke opened it up in the second SUPER=33-Duke/100/Army/38/;half with a
25 to 4 run and the Blue Devils rout Army 100 to 38.
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In Cleveland, Terrell Brandon hit a career high 33 points as the Cavaliers
knocked off the Jazz.
For that and all of today's college and pro scores lets check the boards.
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Engine trouble could have sidelined race car driver Bobby Unser for good.
Unser and a friend were riding snowmobiles near the New Mexico-Colorado
border Thursday, when they had engine trouble.
They hiked for two days, spending the night in a snow cave, fighting high
winds and eating snow.
They finally made it to a small town.
The New Mexico State Police says 63-year old Unser is in good condition.
Santa Claus made an early trip to Southwest Virginia--
Denise Allen caught up with the jolly elf who offered some insight on his
IN Q=He's the center of
SUPER=07-Santa Claus; :10
OUT Q=News 7
(( He's the center of every Christmas party he attends.
Young children gather around to hear the inside scoop on life at the North
Pole, including how Santa hurt his thumb.
IN Q=well now Rudolph
((SANTA CLAUS: WELL NOW RUDOLPH IS MUCH BIGGER, I HAVE A MUCH BIGGER HOOK. SO
IT'S BIG ENOUGH SO THAT WHEN I DO THIS MY THUMB CAN FIT IN THERE AND THAT'S
OUT Q=hooking up to sleigh
When visiting southwest Virginia Santa stays at Lil and Bob Evans' Pembroke
He's been talking to children at parties for years--he says today's children
ask for more than ever.
At a recent party he received the longest Christmas list ever.
IN Q=THE BEAUTIFUL
((THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT HE WANTED THINGS FOR HIS LITTLE SISTER
OUT Q=SISTER AS WELL
And lately he's been packing his sleigh with different items.
Children still ask for dolls and bikes, but Santa says now he's filling
orders for more sophisticated things such as computers.
But for gifts that may change the child's life he checks with the parents
IN Q=LIKE IF I
((LIKE IF I BRING A TELEPHONE OR TELEVISION AND THE CHILD KEEPS IT IN THEIR
ROOM ALL THE TIME AND THEY'RE TALKING TO THEIR FRIENDS ON THE TELEPHONE OR
WATCHING THEIR FAVORITE PROGRAMS THEY FORGET TO COME OUT AND VISIT WITH THE
OUT Q=VISIT WITH THE FAMILY
Santa says he tries to provide his young friends with faith and hope just by
sitting and listening to them.
IN Q=that's what i'm
((THAT'S WHAT I'M IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING, TRYING TO PROVIDE WHAT THEY NEED
AND WHAT THEY WANT. IF I CAN COMBINE THOSE, THAT REALLY IS A GOOD CHRISTMAS
FOR ME DENISE.))
OUT Q=FOR ME DENISE
And if you're wondering how he provides good Christmases for children all
over the world, he says he moves quickly and just follows the sun around the
IN Q=oh i'll
((OH I'LL BE BACK. BUT GOOD BYE FOR NOW.))
Denise Allen News 7.))
OUT Q=FOR NOW