A Lynchburg City Councilman dies suddenly today.
A victory for N-S in its battle for Conrail.
The actress who played Rudy Huxtable reacts to the murder of Bill Cosby's
And the big game is really big tonight.
Plus Robin tells us how long the cold will last.
News 7 is next.
A civil rights leader, an advocate of the poor and an outspoken voice in
city government.. That's how colleagues are remembering Lynchburg city
councilman Junius Haskins tonight.
Haskins died of an apparent heart attack during a trip to Washington D-C
Double Boxes=Jean and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve what's the mood in the
Jean, as you might imagine everyone was shocked to learn of Haskins' death.
They also say it's not surprising that Junius Haskins died the same way he
lived... fighting for a cause he believed in.
(Rollcue: he believed in. )
IN Q=Junius Haskins
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SUPER=03-Washington DC; :09
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :28
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :46
OUT Q=that he'd have picked.
(( Junius Haskins was among a group of city officials who traveled to
Washington D.C. today, asking for federal help in renovating Lynchburg's old
The group was on its way to see Senator Chuck Robb when Haskins
collapsed...efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Councilman Carl Hutcherson grew up with Haskins, and played with him around
that old train station.
Hutcherson and his colleagues agree
it was somehow fitting that Haskins died doing what he loved best.
IN Q=And I think
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND I THINK HE REALLY WANTED TO
GO.. OUR NATION'S CAPITOL.))
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IF JUNIUS HASKINS COULD HAVE PICKED A
PLACE.. THAT HE'D HAVE PICKED.))
OUT Q=that he'd have picked.))
Lynchburg mayor Jim Whitaker, who was with Haskins today, called him a
"dreamer, a doer and a friend".
Double Boxes=Jean and Steve/Microwave
Starting Monday morning, city flags will be flown at half-staff until
Haskins' funeral. Jean?
Back in the early 80s, C-S-X got in the way of a merger attempt between
Norfolk Southern and Conrail
Now N-S is returning the favor, as C-S-X attempts to pair up with Conrail.
The so- called Thoroughbred of Transportation won a key battle in its
bidding war for the dominant carrier in the northeast.
In a vote today, Conrail shareholders gave a thumbs down to a CSX offer
knowing that N-S has a much higher bid on the table.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=CSX needs
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards Stockbroker; :00
SUPER=01-Beth Doughty/Economic Dev. Partnership; 1:02
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
IN Q=CSX needs
OUT Q=they said no.
From the get- go, N-S played the role of the dark horse in its pursuit of
Conrail, the dominant railroad in the northeast.
N-S consistently ponied up more money for Conrail in the bidding war with
But Conrail and C-S-X had created what one Conrail executive called a
"bulletproof" deal, in which competing bids would have a hard time being heard.
N-S reacted to the vote by saying "We think that the vote is a powerful
message from Conrail's owners that they will not be coerced into accepting the
deal CSX and Conrail tried to impose on them."
Conrail didn't let N-S celebrate long, announcing "The Conrail Board is
resolute -- Norfolk's actions will have no effect on our commitment to our
merger with CSX."
This was a vote people across our region have watched with interest since
N-S employs more than 3500 people here, and tens of thousands of people own its
IN Q=Anything that
OUT Q=across the board.
SOT tape two 05:50:56
((But because of the size and complexity of railroad mergers, even N-S concedes
this process is far from over. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
No suspects in the killing of Bill Cosby's son.
As Lee Cowan reports, police are now working on a composite sketch.
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SUPER=03-Pacific Palisides, CA;
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((A beleaguered Cosby family left their home in New York last night--
reportedly headed back to the city where their only son was gunned down.
True to form, Cosby said nothing- a silence matching the dignity
he has shown us all but lacking that familiar grin America has come to
Flowers have been arriving at the Cosby home here all morning and
so have the media who were eventually told to go away the Cosby's
wouldn't be returning here anytime soon, a police sergeant said no one
Police have been working around the clock trying to come up
with a composite sketch of the suspect who for now is only described as a
The only person believed to have seen what happened is the woman
in the fur coat a 47 year old friend of the young
Cosby who some say was coming to help him with his flat tire.
But now there's talk of a second witness as well- a security
guard, according to kcbs-tv, who may also have seen what happened on this dark
road just a few hundred feet from the busy 405 freeway.
The problem the two descriptions don't match and police are
trying desperately to figure out which one is most accurate. At best,
police admit they have little to go on- some imprints in the roadside
gravel, and some shells and that's it.
LEE COWAN/REPORTING: THERE ARE STILL FAR TOO MANY QUESTIONS, AND STILL HARDLY
ANY ANSWERS ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO A MOTIVE.
POLICE STILL THINK IT'S
ROBBERY, BUT SO FAR CAN'T FIND ANYTHING MISSING. THE COSBY FAMILY IS
MISSING PLENTY. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))
wipe wipe wipe
Reaction to the killing today from those who worked closely with Bill Cosby.
Keesha Knight Pulliam- who played Rudy Huxtable- says the Cosby's are a
very close family.
((KEESHA KNIGHT PULLIAM/ACTRESS: AND JUST WATCHING THEM INTERACT AND EVEN HOW
HE INTERACTED WITH US AS IF WE WERE HIS OWN KIDS. EVEN THOUGH WE WEREN'T.
FAMILY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HIM LIKE ALL GOOD FATHERS AND HUSBANDS.))
SUPER=01-Keesha Knight Pulliam/Actress;
OUT Q=GOOD FATHERS, HUSBANDS."
Pulliam offered Condolences saying Bill Cosby is like a second dad to her-
The House ethics committee voted tonight to reprimand Newt Gingrich for
admitted rules violations- and to fine him 300 thousand dollars.
The recommendation now goes to the full house where a vote is scheduled for
If members go along with the sanctions, Gingrich would still be able to keep
his post as speaker.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our broadcast,
Lynchburg police are afraid a serial arsonist is on the loose in the Hill
More than a dozen fires have been set in one neighborhood since last spring.
and the biggest lottery prize in Virginia history is up for grabs tonight.
The Big Game jackpot hits 38 million dollars.
MUSIC UP FULL
A series of fires in Lynchburg is rekindling the fear that a serial arsonist
is back at work in the city.
Since last spring, EIGHTEEN 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.
IN Q=Different reasons
((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.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :00
OUT Q=at this point.
Jennings says he's following up several leads, but there's nothing he
considers solid at this point.
Property owners whose buildings have been damaged now take extra security
All of the fires have been set in or near unoccupied buildings.
A pilot and his teenage passenger died today when the two passed out and
their plane crashed.
The two were flying over Connecticut when the pilot apparently lost
The passenger, a 15-year-old girl, took the controls for a time.
Air traffic controllers were trying to talk her through a landing when they
Witnesses say the single engine plane clipped the tops of trees as it went
It finally crashed near Alton, New Hampshire.
Officials say carbon monoxide fumes made both people on board pass out.
Investigators still don't know if an abortion clinic was the target of two
bombings in Atlanta.
When the first bomb exploded news crews rushed to the scene- quickly enough
to catch the second blast on tape.
The pictures are not only dramatic, they're being used as evidence.
Authorities say the explosions were extremely powerful.
((KENT ALEXANDER/U.S. ATTORNEY: PARTS THE BOMB HAVE BEEN RECOVERED FROM SOME
DISTANCE AWAY INCLUDING ON TOP OF THE SEVEN STORY BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Kent Alexander/U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=SEVEN STORY BUILDING.
Investigators say they think the second bomb was intended to kill agents but
a couple of cars parked nearby absorbed the impact.
An unlocked door -- but NO bombs or intruders.
Just jittery employees at the Virginia headquarters of Planned Parenthood,
who asked for a search by federal agents and State Police today.
Nothing was found at the Richmond abortion clinic and offices.
But after yesterday's bombing in Atlanta, Planned Parenthood workers were on
The Richmond clinic received a fake bomb two years ago, and gets frequent
threats of violence.
The group's lobbyist says clinic violence is linked to anti- abortion
SOT 02:54:23 TAPE ONE
IN Q=The federal
((KAREN RASCHKE/VA. PLANNED PARENTHOOD: THE FEDERAL AGENTS HAVE LONG TOLD US TO
TAKE EVERYTHING VERY SERIOUSLY. OBVIOUSLY WE DO. WITH THE BOMBING IN ATLANTA
YESTERDAY, WITH THE LANGUAGE WE HERE AROUND THIS CAPITOL, AND WITH SOME OF THE
LANGUAGE WE HEAR IN OUR OWN NEWSPAPER HERE IN RICHMOND, WE WERE UNDERSTANDABLY
SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Va. Planned Parenthood;
OUT Q=very concerned.
Ironically, the Richmond clinic was being searched at the very hour the
state Senate's leading abortion opponent was distancing his views from the
SOT 10:07:18 EARL
IN Q=But there
((MARK EARLEY: BUT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE IN OUR DIALOGUE HERE IN
VIRGINIA OR ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SUCH VIOLENCE AS WE SAW
YESTERDAY. AND I KNOW I JOIN WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE SENATE WHO
BELIEVE AS I DO OR BELIEVE OTHERWISE IN CONDEMNING OR REJECTING SUCH VIOLENCE
WHATEVER THE CAUSE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake;
OUT Q=the cause.
Virginia's General Assembly is expected to discuss limiting late term
abortions and requiring parental consent for abortions during this session.
State lottery officials hope a record jackpot will put some bang into the
The multi-state lottery got off to a slow start earlier this year, but now
the jackpot has reached 38- million dollars.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell found a few Roanokers who hope to defy the odds.
IN Q=A few hours before the drawing
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Merritt/Virginia Lottery; :12
OUT Q=JD News 7
((A few hours before the drawing, customers weren't beating down the doors
to play the Big Game, but the rising jackpot has spurred additional interest in
the multi- state lottery.
The largest jackpot in state history is also the largest in the country
While the odds of winning the top prize are one in 50- million, lottery
regulars and many newcomers are hoping for a piece of a record pay- off.
IN Q=Well, I've got a good feeling
((WELL I'VE GOT A GOOD FEELING. AND I'D SURE LIKE TO TELL MY BOSS SOMETHING.))
((IF YOU DON'T PLAY, YOU DON'T WIN AND I ALWAYS FEEL I'M GOING TO BE LUCKY.))
((I HOPE SOMEBODY FROM ROANOKE WINS IT. I HOPE IT'S SOMEBODY I KNOW AND I HOPE
IT'S SOMEBODY THAT REALLY LIKES ME. GOOD LUCK.))
OUT Q=good luck.
In fact, lottery officials say they won't be disappointed if no one wins.
A jackpot of 40- million plus would insure that the Big Game remains a
major draw for another week.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up next on the broadcast, it was a birthday party of
sorts...As the Museum of television and Radio honors the 60th anniversary of
and a wind chill advisory is in effect for our viewing area tonight.
That means a full house for area homeless shelters.
MUSIC UP FULL
The frigid temperatures are making a bad situation worse for the area's less
As Scott Prince reports, local homeless shelters are expected to be at
IN Q=The sub freezing
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Roanoke Rescue Mission; :13
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Lustig/Emergency Room Physician; :41
OUT Q=S.P. News- 7
High school hoops on this Chilly Friday night, plus Grizzly NBA plays and
news concerning Vancouver and Rodman are all on the way.
Plus, a Chip Sullivan update and a suspension for Harold Deane.
SUPER=03-Wengen, Switzerland; :00
But first, if you think walking to the mailbox has been tough this week,
take a look at this rough ride on the ice in Switzerland during a World Cup
downhill training session.
Adrien Duvillard had to be airlifted to a hospital after this crash.
Now your NBA numbers.
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SUPER=0096-j/New Jersey/105//Philadelphia/103//Final In
OUT Q=....last score."
go to break
The Virginia Cavaliers will be shorthanded when thay battle the Duke Blue
Devils tomorrow night in Durham.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Wednesday Night; :00
The NCAA has suspended 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 in Durham.
GRAPHIC=High school Hoops
The Knights and the Colonels battled for a higher ranking in the Roanoke
Valley District standings tonight over at Cave Spring high school.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Colonels vs. Knights; :00
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.
SUPER=33-William Fleming/65/Cave Spring/53;
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 65-53.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Elsewhere tonight Laurel Park, Salem, Appomattox, Byrd, Parry McCluer and
Liberty picked up wins.
And the Franklin County Eagles flew in to Pulaski County tonight to meet
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Eagles vs. Cougars; :00
The Cougars were looking to improve on their 3 and 2 overall record and
notch their first district win.
The Eagles came out hard. Henry Eggleston connects with Bobby Basham who
scores the blue collar bucket underneath.
The Cougars would go out on a limb...Ronald Branch drives hard to the
SUPER=33-Pulaski Co./71/Franklin Co./57;
iron and puts home the lay up for Pulaski.
Then, Justin Peck makes the steal and makes the pass to Darian Hendricks
for the basket and the Cougars move to 1 and 1 in the RVD with the 71-to-57
George Lynch and the Vancouver Grizzlies are in action tonight trying to get
their first win since January 8th, as they host the Utah Jazz.
SUPER=03-Vancouver, Canada/TNT; :00
Lynch has been steady all year, but his team just does not have the talent to
run with the top teams in the league.
John Stockton to Chris Morris who beats rookie Abduh-Rahim for the jam.
Anthony Peeler was hot early for Vancouver with three treys in first first
But Karl Malone had 30 points before the end of the third period. The Jazz
wins it 106-to-68.
Off the court the NBA lowered the boom on Bad Boy Dennis Rodman today
SUPER=03-Minneapolis/Wednesday Night; :00
suspending the Chicago Bulls forward for at least 11 games and ordered him to
undergo counseling for kicking cameraman Eugene Amos on Wednesday night in
((DAVID STERN/NBA COMMISSIONER:))
((EUGENE AMOS/INJURED CAMERAMAN:))
SUPER=01-David Stern/NBA Commissioner; :00
SUPER=01-Eugene Amos/Injured Cameraman; :21
OUT Q=...ANYBODY SAYS."
The suspension will cost Rodman over One million bucks in lost salary.
Former Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan shot a 66 today at the
Indian Ridge Coutry Club in the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
out in Indian Wells, California. Sullivan set a course record on the front nine
with a 30 in the form of 5 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey.
He is currently 10 under for the tournament.
Right after this quick break we'll check in with the Radford Highlanders
who are all set for tomorrow afternoon's regionally televised Big South
battle with UNC-Greensboro right here on Your Hometown Station.
The Radford University Highlanders swing back in action tomorrow afternoon
when they host UNC-Greensboro in a two o'clock tipoff, you can watch right here
on Your Hometown Station.
Radford hasn't played since last Saturday when it beat UMBC on the road.
Tomorrow's game with the defending Big South Champions marks the first of ten
straight conference games to close out the season.
And after splitting their first 14 games of the year against some tough
non-conference opposition, the Highlanders are hoping to run the table the rest
of the way.
((KEVIN ROBINSON/RADFORD CENTER:))
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Kevin Robinson/Radford Center; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :13
OUT Q=...12 GAME WIN STREAK."
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And we hope you can join us tomorrow afternoon at the Dedmon Dome in person
for the two o'clock tipoff, but if not, be sure to tune in to Your Hometown
station for LIVE coverage of the game.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Logo
Virginia Tech is showcasing its new indoor track this weekend as 25 teams
are competing in an invitational meet inside Rector Field House.
The Mondo 200 meter track has eight dash lanes which feature Tech Orange
and Maroon Colors on alternating lanes.
The 55 meter dash, 55 hurdles and all of the jumps and the pole vault will
be held inside the oval track.
It's one of only five of its kind in the United States.
IN Q="this is...
((RUSS WHITENACK/VIRGINIA TECH MEN'S TRACK COACH: ))
((LORI TAYLOR/VIRGINIA TECH WOMEN'S TRACK COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Russ Whitenack/Virginia Tech Men's Track Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Lori Taylor/Virginia Tech Women's Track Coach; :15
OUT Q=...........the same."
The Daytime Soap "Guiding Light" turns 60-
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Actors from today's show re-created that first radio broadcast from 19-37.
((DOOR SLAMS... MR. SMITH. YOU HAVEN'T FALLEN FOR THAT GUY HAVE YOU?))
OUT Q=THAT GUY HAVE YOU?
The episode was broadcast over CBS radio- live from the television and radio
((KIM ZIMMER/"GUIDING LIGHT" ACTRESS: IT'S WEIRD TO THINK YOUR A PIECE OF
HISTORY YOU KNOW. IT'S WEIRD AND IT'S WONDERFUL AND GUIDING LIGHT DESERVES TO
HAVE A BIG CHUNK OF THIS MUSEUM THAT'S FOR SURE.))
SUPER=01-Kim Zimmer/"Guiding Light" Actress;
OUT Q=that's for sure."
A week long celebration begins Monday- Many former cast members will appear
throughout the week.