A stunning 11th hour turn-around for Norfolk Southern, as Conrail
stockholders reject the proposal to merge with C-S-X, PERHAPS clearing the way
for N-S to get into the game.
We'll analyze the vote on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And get a feel for the frigid temperatures.
Tonight in sports, Chip Sullivan is on fire at the Hope Classic, the Hokies
christen a new indoor track this afternoon, Radford get ready to shine on WDBJ,
and we'll hear from Eugene Amos, the man who was kicked by Dennis Rodman.
Plus, I'll tell you about Rodman's punishment handed down today by the NBA.
Would you believe it will be a few degrees colder tonight for most
locations? Wind chill advisories stay up. The weekend forecast in a few
Norfolk Southern is breathing a big sigh of relief tonight.
The railroad has come out the victor in the latest battle in a bidding war
in which the winner could emerge as the nation's third-largest carrier.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff has been covering this story since day one.
Keith Norfolk Southern actually didn't win anything today.
What really happened was its opponent, C-S-X, lost, when shareholders of
Conrail turned down a merger proposal between C-S-X and Conrail.
IN Q=CSX needs
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards Stockbroker;
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November 1996;
SUPER=01-Beth Doughty/Economic Dev. Partnership;
OUT Q=the board.
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.
There will be another vote on the Conrail-CSX deal.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
No date has been set yet.
(QUESTION: AND N-S CAN'T ENGAGE IN MERGER TALKS WITH CONRAIL FOR TWO YEARS?)
The city of Lynchburg tonight is mourning the sudden death of city
councilman Junius Haskins.
Details are still being confirmed, but Haskins apparently died during a
visit to Washington D.C. earlier today.
He was part of a contingent that had traveled to the capitol to look into
getting federal funds to renovate the city's Amtrak station, a favorite project
Mayor Jim Whitaker, councilman Bill McRorie and city manager Charles Church
were with Haskins when he collapsed.
City leaders are expected to make a statement later tonight.
As the temperature goes down, the risk of getting frost bite and hypothermia
rises. But unfortunately, some folks may have a hard time escaping the extreme
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince has been out in the winter air all day and he now joins us in
(Scott ad libs)
rollcue: ...busy night.
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=more so than frostbite
(Scott ad libs)
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
(Scott ad libs toss back to Keith)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--Lynchburg fire investigators are on the trail
of what may be a serial arsonist.
And she's burning with ambition -- an Altavista high school girl who's
already a governor.
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A serial arsonist may be up to old tricks again in Lynchburg, following
three separate fires early Thursday morning.
The arsonist has grown notorious enough to pick up a nickname.."the Midnight
Torch", based on the time frame for when the fires occur.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg.. Steve, do investigators know why
this arsonist is suddenly back at work again?
Keith, it would help if they did, but right now the fire marshal's office
says it's having a tough time nailing down who's setting these fires and why.
IN Q=For nine months
SUPER=04-File Tape; :27
SUPER=01-Kevin Moreland/Alco Vinyl Siding; :34
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :54
OUT Q=situation to deal with.
(( For nine months it had been quiet.. no deliberately set fires in this
neighborhood near the intersection of Twelfth Street and Fort Avenue in
All that changed early Thursday morning, when crews were called out to
battle three separate blazes set within a few minutes and a few hundred yards
of each other.
They know the area well... at least 18 fires have been set here over the
past few years... a storage building at Campbell-Payne Home Company in 1993..
the rear of Alco Vinyl Siding in the spring of '96.
IN Q=Two o'clock
((KEVIN MORELAND/ALCO VINYL SIDING: TWO O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, TO GET A CALL
THAT YOUR BUSINESS IS ON FIRE, THAT'S NOT TOO GOOD A FEELING.))
OUT Q=good a feeling.
Today, Moreland has extra locks on his doors, and keeps flammable debris
away from the outside of his building.
Those are about the only precautions anyone can take.. investigators say
establishing a profile for the suspected arsonist has been difficult.
IN Q=All of them
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: ALL OF THEM ARE INDIVIDUALS, AND UNTIL
WE HAVE A PERSON THAT WE CAN FOCUS ON, IT'S A DIFFICULT SITUATION TO DEAL
OUT Q=to deal with.))
Jennings says the sheer number of arson fires has helped him define certain
firesetting methods the arsonist uses.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Aside from that, he admits they have no solid leads to go on.
Fire officials say a damaged coffee- maker cord started a fire at a church
in Northeast Roanoke last night.
The cord ignited and set a table on fire at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox
It happened around 8-30.
The pastor and four other people were inside the church at the time.
They escaped without injury.
The fire was contained to two rooms.
Damage is estimated at 30- thousand dollars.
An unlocked door at the Virginia headquarters of Planned Parenthood
triggered 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
Atlanta clinic bombing.
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.
Authorities in Richmond have dropped charges against a suspect in the so-
called Golden Years murder cases.
VO-NAT edit of 96-36
Annabelle Tafolla was arrested November 22nd in the slaying of 75- year- old
Lucille Garrett Boyd.
Boyd was one of more than a dozen older women in Richmond who were killed
in their homes in recent years.
But yesterday, the charges against Tafolla were withdrawn at a preliminary
A prosecutor says problems with witnesses forced the decision, but she would
The Dow finished the week with another record close, finishing above the 68
hundred mark for the first time.
NASDAQ UP nearly nine points.
Virginia's Governor was all over the State Capitol today.
And SHE's ready to govern.
The MODEL General Assembly that is.
She rose from Campbell County to the third floor of the Capitol, and Ellen
Qualls has her story.
IN Q=Altavista High
SUPER=01-Taylor West/MGA Governor; :34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( 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.
SOT TAPE ONE 57:06
((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.
NAT SOT TAPE THREE 04:41:44
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND WHATEVER PROMISES YOU MAKE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO,
DO 'EM. DON'T OVERPROMISE 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.))
Coming up on a diverse Friday night in sports, Tech gets new track, Chip
gets hot at the Hope, Rodman is ordered to undergo counseling,
And the Radford University Highlanders are getting ready to rock the Dedmon
Dome tomorrow afternoon in regionally televised Big South battle right here on
Your Hometown station.
Former Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan set a course record on the
front nine at the Indian Ridge Coutry Club today during the third round of the
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic out in Indian Wells California.
Sullivan fired a 30 in the form of 5 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey.
He is currently 10 under for the day and we'll update his final 18 hole
tital for you tonight at 11.
Sullivan wasn't the only golfer to get hot today.
SUPER=03-Indian Wells, CA/TNT; :00
Fred Couples came out hot and fired a 64 today that was capped by this
routine bunker shot on 18.
The flop out of the sand hits the bottom of the cup for an eagle.
I'll let you know how he stands as well compared to the leaders tonight at
The NBA threw the book at Bad Boy Dennis Rodman today kicking him where it
hurts in the pocket book.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Wednesday Night; :00
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.
IN Q="We're not...
((DAVID STERN/NBA COMMISSIONER:))
((EUGENE AMOS/INJURED CAMERAMAN:))
SUPER=01-David Stern/NBA Commissioner; :00
SUPER=01-Eugene Amos/Injured Cameraman; :12
Rodman, his agent and the player's union say the suspension is too harsh.
Your Hometown Station will be back in the LIVE game business tomorrow as we
bring you tomorrow's Radford vs. UNC-Greensboro Big South battle from the
Dedmon Center at two o'clock.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/December 9, 1996; :00
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.
IN Q="well, they are...
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
((ANTHONY WALKER/RADFORD SENIOR GUARD:))
((COREY REED/RADFORD JUNIOR FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Walker/Radford Senior Guard; :17
SUPER=01-Corey Reed/Radford Junior Forward; :38
OUT Q=...FOR US."
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And again 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.
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
The 9th annual Crestar Roundball Classic tips off tomorrow at the Salem
Civic Center. Tickets are 5 dollars in advance, 6 bucks at the door and 4
dollars for students. This year's one day tourney should be well worth the
IN Q="at 3
((WOODY DEANS/CRESTAR CLASSIC TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Crestar Classic Tournament Director; ;00
OUT Q=....High school basketball"
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Logo
Virginia Tech will showcase its new indoor track this weekend as 25 teams
will compete in an invitational meet held in the 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 meet will be held today and tomorrow.
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