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NORFOLK SOUTHERN COMES OUT THE VICTOR IN THE LATEST BATTLE IN A BIDDING WAR
WHERE THE WINNER COULD BECOME THE NATION'S THIRD-LARGEST CARRIER.
LOS ANGELES POLICE SAY THEY HAVE NO SUSPECTS YET IN THE MURDER OF ENNIS
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LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCILMAN JUNIUS HASKINS DIES SUDDENLY AT THE CAPITOL IN
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Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 PRIMETIME on WEFC, I'm Teresa Hamilton
sitting in for Connie Stevens.
Lynchburg city leaders tonight are mourning the sudden death of city
councilman Junius Haskins.
Haskins collapsed during a trip to Washington D.C. earlier today.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom... Steve, how are Haskins'
colleagues handling the news of his death?
Theresa, the one word everyone has used to describe it is "shocking"..
Junius Haskins succumbed to what apparently was a heart attack while on his
way to Senator Chuck Robb's office in Washington.
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(( Junius Haskins and six other city leaders had gone to Washington to search
for funds to renovate Lynchburg's old train station.
They'd met with Amtrak officials this morning and were scheduled to meet
with Virginia's two senators when Haskins suddenly collapsed in the Senate
Efforts to revive him there and on the way to the hospital were
He was 54 years old.
Haskins' sudden death leaves a gaping hole, not just on City Council, but in
One of the area's earliest civil rights advocates, Haskins made his mark by
speaking his mind.. not afraid to take on anyone or any subject.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: JUNIUS WAS VERY FIRM.. ...GOING TO
STAND UP FOR.))
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In addition to his five years on city council, Junius Haskins had a long
list of accomplishments in Lynchburg.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but the flags across the city
will be flown at half-staff in his honor beginning Monday morning.
Norfolk Southern is in the driver's seat after a vote today on a rail merger
A provision that kept other bids from being heard, apparently angered enough
Conrail shareholders to derail C-S-X's offer. Len Besthoff has more on the
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So far there are no suspects in the murder of Bill Cosby's son..but police
are hoping new information will help.
K-C-B-S TV in Los Angeles is reporting that there was a second witness to
the crime- a security guard who was in the area.
He will reportedly help police come up with a composite sketch.
This woman in the fur coat may have also caught a glimpse of the killer.
She is reportedly the friend 27- year old Ennis Cosby was on his way to
Sources say when he got a flat tire he called her from his car phone and
asked her to come down and shine headlights on his car.
((WILLIE WILLIAMS/L.A. POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE DOING SOME BACKGROUND ON HIS LAST 24
TO 48 HOURS TO TRY TO DETERMINE
WHERE HE WAS SO WE CAN FIND OUT IF THIS WAS A CHANCE ENCOUNTER OR SOMETHING
THAT WAS PLANNED OR IF HE WAS FOLLOWED.))
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Police hoped to have a composite sketch tonight, but the witness is
apparently too traumatized by what she saw.
Three separate fires set within minutes of each other Wednesday night have
Lynchburg authorities concerned that a serial arsonist is back at work.
Since last spring, 18- fires have been set in the neighborhood near the
intersection of Fort Avenue and 12th Street.
Fire officials call their unknown suspect "the Midnight Torch"... most of
the blazes were discovered between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Investigators say trying to establish a profile and motive for the arsonist
has been difficult.
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((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: DIFFERENT REASONS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE,
AND AGAIN, WHY THIS PERSON, IF INDEED IT IS ONE PERSON DOING THIS, RIGHT NOW WE
DON'T KNOW WHY. WE COULD SPECULATE BUT THAT'S ALL IT WOULD BE, WOULD BE
SPECULATION AT THIS POINT.))
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Property owners whose buildings have been damaged now take extra security
All of the fires have been set in or near unoccupied buildings.
Straight ahead-- a punishment for the speaker of the House is mulled over on
And at the STATE capitol, meet the fifth female to be governor-- in the
model general assembly...the story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
The House ethics committee members just moments ago voted seven-to-one in
favor of the recommended punishment for Newt Gingrich--saying the speaker
showed a quote "disregard and lack of respect" for house rules.
Gingrich's lawyer says the House Speaker offers his sincere apology for his
admitted ethical lapses.
The committee will ask the House to reprimand Gingrich and require him to
pay a 300- thousand dollar penalty.
The reprimand would allow Gingrich to keep his post as speaker.
Federal agents and state police were called to Virginia's Planned Parenthood
headquarters in Richmond today.
Nothing was found.
But an unlocked door -- and the bombing of an Atlanta abortion clinic
yesterday -- put clinic workers in a higher state of alert than usual.
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((KAREN RASCHKE/VA. PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WE HAVE RECEIVED THINGS IN THE MAIL
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At the same time the clinic was being searched, the state senate's leading
opponent of abortion condemned the Atlanta bombing on the senate floor.
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((SEN. MARK EARLEY: IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING I THINK TO MAKE IT
CLEAR TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA FOR WHATEVER THE REASON. AND I THINK IT'S
VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE CRIMINALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT ACTION YESTERDAY BE
BROUGHT SWIFTLY TO JUSTICE.))
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Mark Earley is the sponsor of a bill up for debate in the House next week.
It would make any violent assault that ended a pregnancy a separate crime
from the assault on the mother.
Earley says it's NOT intended to erode abortion rights.
A Campbell County teenager will have some interesting stories to share when
she heads back to the classroom.
The young woman spent the day presiding over the state as part of the MODEL
Ellen Qualls has her story.
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Altavista High School senior Taylor West was elected last year, but her real
work will only span four days in April.
That's when the Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly will do the work it
takes the REAL Assembly 45 days to do.
((GOV. ALLEN: HAVE YOU APPLIED FOR COLLEGE YET? TAYLOR WEST: ACTUALLY I'VE
BEEN ACCEPTED EARLY AT DUKE UNIVERSITY. GOV. ALLEN: AWWWHHHHHH! thru hand
Yes, she's going out of state.
But that doesn't mean she wouldn't like to come back and take over George
Allen's seat of power some day.
She's even a little critical of his new academic standards.
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((TAYLOR WEST/MGA GOVERNOR: I THINK SOME OF THE STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN
ESTABLISHED WERE PERHAPS ESTABLISHED WITHOUT AS GOOD A CONSULTING AS THEY
SHOULD HAVE BEEN.))
((TAYLOR WEST: I'M A MODERATE WITH LEFTWARD LEANINGS. I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE
ON THE LIBERAL SIDE OF THINGS. SO THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN
AND I DON'T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH.))
Well he's got some advice for her anyway.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND WHATEVER PROMISES YOU MAKE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO,
DO 'EM. DON'T OVER PROMISE THOUGH. SO JUST FIGURE OUT SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT,
HOWEVER MANY THINGS YOU WANT TO DO, IN POLITICS OR IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP,
AND STICK TO 'EM.))
And by the way, she's the fifth female governor in 50 years of MGA history.
Virginia voters have never elected one.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Tonight on Primetime sports-- Dennis Rodman's latest incident isn't taken
And one of the Cavaliers star basketball players is benched for tomorrow's
game-- details ahead.
go to break
The odds may be astronomical, but tonight Roanokers are hoping for a piece
of a record pay- off.
The jackpot in the Big Game multi- state lottery has reached 38- million
That's the largest jackpot in the history of the Virginia lottery and the
largest in the country this week.
While players weren't knocking down the doors tonight, lottery retailers
say business has picked up with the rising reward.
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Lottery officials say they won't be disappointed if no one wins later
A jackpot topping 40 million dollars would keep the Big Game in the public
eye for another week.
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On Health Check-- Clogged arteries are responsible for heart disease and
now researchers say they may also cause Alzheimer's Disease...the most common
form of dementia.
A study in the journal "Lancet" found patients with Alzheimer's Disease
were more likely to have clogged arteries-- which can reduce blood flow to the
This may be one way they contribute to the development of dementia.
Our video pick is guaranteed to take the sting out of our cold snap.
Tonight's video comes from Antarctica where Norwegian polar explorer Booerge
Ousland has resumed his attempt to become the first person to trek alone and
unaided across the Antarctic.
He has 28- miles to go.
Once he arrives, Ousland will have crossed nearly 18- hundred miles in
temperatures sometimes as low as minus 55- degrees Celsius... that's about 30-
In 1994, Ousland became the first person to walk alone and unsupported to the
toss to sports
Tonight on Primetime sports hereon WEFC, Despite the cold and numerous school
closings today we found some high school hoops tonight plus, the NBA breaks bad
on bad boy Dennis Rodman.
And WDBJ is all set for another LIVE broadcast tomorrow as we attempt to warm
you up with hoops from the Radford University Dedmon Center.
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But first the NCAA has suspended UVa star Harold Deane for one game because
he played Wednesday night against Wake Forest without being enrolled in the
required 12 semester hours.
Deane, who is on schedule to graduate with his class in May, was only
enrolled in 11 hours when the new semester began on Wednesday night.
He planned to add a course during the University's five day drop-add period,
but the oversight wil force him to sit out tomorrow night's game against Duke.
Now your scores.
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The William Fleming Colonels traveled into Knight country tonight to battle
Cave Spring in a Roanoke Valley District battle.
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A meeting of the new coaches minds in this one as Billy Hicks and Roland
Lovelace had at it.
Fleming jumped out to a big lead, William Hankins gives to Roland Reynolds
who buries the trey from the corner, 26-12 Colonels with 1:26 left in the first
Hankins them makes the steal and goes coast to coast for the lay up, 40-17
fleming early on in the second half.
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Cave Spring always puts up a fight. The Knights Spencer Baird dishes to senior
center Alex Phillips for the bucket inside.
Ricky Dierker tries to pull his Knight closer with this three pointer off the
but the Colonels cruise past Cave Spring 65 TO 53.
The NBA has apparently had enough of Dennis Rodman and his bizarre,
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Today the League suspended the Chicago Bulls forward for at least 11 games
without pay and ordered him to undergo counseling for kicking cameraman Eugene
Amos on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
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As expected - Rodman, his agent and the player's union say the suspension is
too harsh. Prosecutors are still contemplating filing charges in Minneapolis.
LIVE local, college basketball is coming your way tomorrow on Your Hometown
Station as Radford hooks up with UNC-Greensboro from the Dedmon Center at two
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The Spartans, who are the defending league champs have taken their lumps
early this year playing the likes of Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Stanford, Ga.
Tech and Duke.
But they come into Radford with a perfect two and oh mark in the Big South.
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((COREY REED/RADFORD JUNIOR FORWARD:))
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SUPER=01-Anthony Walker/Radford Senior Guard; :17
SUPER=01-Corey Reed/Radford Junior Forward; :38
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If you can't make it to the game check us out at two tomorrow.
Roy Stanley, Radford Hall of Famer Ron Shelburne and I will have the call for
you from the Dedmon Center.
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
SUPER=76-"Cosby Kid" Speaks;
One of Bill Cosby's t-v daughters talks about the death of Ennis Cosby.
Plus Scott Prince reports on how this cold weather is effecting the valley.
on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, Have a good weekend.
These are just some of the stories you'll see in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11