Coming up on News 7-
It appears a deal is struck between N-S and CSX for railroad giant Conrail.
Arkansas picks up after a deadly tornado while folks in Kentucky deal with
Plus what's the latest with the fight for this bridge? We'll find out what's
going on tonight.
News 7 is next.
Al Gore says he did nothing wrong-
when making campaign calls from his White House office.
((I NEVER DID ANYTHING I THOUGHT WAS WRONG.))
OUT Q=thought was wrong."
It's illegal for federal employees to solicite campaign funds from federal
It appears the fight between N-S and CSX is over.
The two carriers have reportedly agreed to split Conrails most valuable
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;
The fight to save the Eagle Rock Bridge moves on.
We'll tell you what the folks there are up to.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
It appears Norfolk Southern and C-S-X may end their battle over Conrail- a
railroad with a monopoly in the northeast.
There are reports a deal is in the offing.
Len Besthoff has more.
IN Q=Under the
SUPER=01-Louis Newton/Retired NS Employee; :19
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS Shareholder; :39
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Under the apparent agreement, C-S-X takes over Conrail, but Norfolk
Southern acquires two Conrail routes into New York, perhaps the country's most
C-S-X, by purchasing Conrail, also gets some key links to the Big Apple, and
((LOUIS NEWTON/RETIRED NS EMPLOYEE: NORFOLK SOUTHERN GETS TWO GOOD ROUTES INTO
THE NORTHEAST. AT THE SAME TIME, CSX GETS A GOOD ROUTE.))
OUT Q=a good route.
SOT standup tape 18:06:12
IN Q=NS shareholders
((NS shareholders say they like this deal for two reasons. Number one they're
getting more track, and that will enhance the value of their stock. Number
two, they're not paying full freight for all of Conrail.))
OUT Q=all of Conrail.
SOT today sot tape 11:45:29
IN Q=The large
((ETHEL NOELL/NS SHAREHOLDER: THE LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THEY WERE GOING
TO HAVE TO ORIGINALLY PUT OUT TO BUY THE WHOLE PART AND PARCEL IS CERTAINLY
GOING TO BE OF BENEFIT TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT IN THE COFFERS OF THE RAILROAD
AND USE IT FOR OTHER EXPANSION.))
OUT Q=other expansion.
Rail industry experts say N-S C-E-O David Goode is also emerging a big
Conrail and C-S-X put up big roadblocks to anyone interfering with their
original merger plans, which didn't include N-S, but the Vinton native put up a
stronger fight than anticipated.
SOT TODAY TAPE 12:24:16
IN Q=I think
((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS: I THINK WE ALL UNDERESTIMATED HOW
AGGRESSIVE NORFOLK SOUTHERN AND DAVID GOODE WOULD BE. ))
OUT Q=would be.
Southwest and central Virginia, with more than 3000 N-S employees, should
also benefit, since in all likelihood, the deal will not prompt N-S to move its
headquarters, which is just a few hours to the east.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Eagle rock residents thought their bridge was doomed, but an unorthodox deal
may be struck with the state to save the structure.
double boxes: jean/andrew NEWSROOM
Andrew Freiden was at a community meeting tonight where the plans were
Jean, residents voiced concern with the time line for the project, and are
worried the funding won't come through.
SUPER=01-Bo Trumbo/State Senator
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/Salem VDOT
SUPER=01-Bill Loope/Board of Supervisors
OUT Q=bridge in Eagle Rock.
IN Q=WHAT THAT
((WHAT THAT WAS, THEY HAVE MORE PROJECTS, TO BE FUNDED AND LESS MONEY THAN ANY
DISTRICT IN THE STATE. ))
OUT Q=IN THE STATE
Eagle Rock residents learned tonight that money for their bridge will not
come from the state's primary road system funds.
But State Senator Bo Trumbo, and Delegate Lacey Putney have worked out a
deal with the Commonwealth transportation board to split the coast of the
bridge with the county-- and add the bridge to the secondary road system.
Even if the spending is approved, residents will be left without use of
their lifeline for at least 3 years-- State engineers say it's unsafe.
((THE BEST WE CAN DO FROM THE TIME WE START IT TILL THE TIME WE TAKE IT DOWN,
AND PUT A NEW ONE BACK IN THE SAME SPOT, IT'S GOING TO BE ABOUT 15-18 MONTHS.
The whole project will cost 2.5 million dollars-- and the county will be
stuck with half of the bill.
The board of supervisors will vote on March 18th, and the outlook looks good
for supporters of the bridge.
IN Q=just guessing
((BILL LOOPE: BOTETOURT CO. SUPERVISORS: JUST GUESSING, I'D SAY THE BOARD WILL
GO ALONG WITH THE REVENUE SHARING WITH THE STATE TO KEEP THE BRIDGE IN EAGLE
OUT Q=EAGLE ROCK
Jean, there were many residents at the meeting from the south end of the
county, and folks there aren't so sure Botetourt County should get into the
habit of building state roads.
But eagle rock residents say their situation is unique, and it's about time
some money is spent in their corner of the world.
No Q& A
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
It may be the political equivalent of a drive-by shooting.
A New York congressman and New Jersey senator say Virginia is the new number
one provider of guns used in Big Apple crimes.
But Virginia officials say the "stats" are full of holes.
Ellen Qualls reports.
SUPER=03-New York/February 23; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Torricelli/(D) New Jersey; :07
SUPER=01-Bill Dunham/ATF Agent; :36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Call it the fallout of a bloody Sunday at the Empire State Building.
((SEN. BOB TORRICELLI/D- NEW JERSEY: NO ONE IN FLORIDA, THE CAROLINAS OR
VIRGINIA SHOULD WANT TO PROFIT BY THE SUFFERING OF PEOPLE IN NEW YORK AND NEW
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Torricelli/(D) New Jersey;
The gun used at the Empire State Building came from Florida.
But when a New Jersey senator and a New York congressman pulled up some
numbers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms...Virginia showed up
as the new number one provider of guns used in New York City crimes.
But Governor George Allen's office and the ATF say the politicians' spin
lacks some facts-- like the "street age" of the guns.
((BILL DUNHAM/ATF AGENT: A LARGE NUMBER OF GUNS THAT WERE TRAFFICKED EARLY ON
IN THE '90s PRIOR TO ONE GUN A MONTH LEGISLATION IN VIRGINIA MAY STILL BE ON
THE STREETS IN NEW YORK. AND AS THEY'RE RECOVERED AND TRACED, IT'S SHOWING
VIRGINIA AS A SOURCE STATE.))
The AVERAGE age for a gun seized in a crime is six years old.
Virginia's one gun a month law is just four years old.
((BILL DUNHAM/ATF AGENT: WE HAD INVESTIGATED CASES WHERE FIVE AND SIX HUNDRED
GUNS WERE TRAFFICKED BY ONE INDIVIDUAL. AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE ANYMORE.
THERE IS STILL GUN TRAFFICKING GOING ON.))
((BUT IT'S A HANDFUL OF GUNS THAT SOMEBODY WOULD BRING UP VERSUS A TRUNKLOAD.))
The A-T-F says gun runners may soon be loading up in West Virginia.
Sales are still unrestricted there.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Federal officials say it's worse than they imagined.
That after touring tornado ravaged Arkansas.
25 people were killed when the tornados hit.
Meanwhile people are picking up the pieces of their homes and lives.
((WE'RE THANKFUL WE'RE ALIVE. LOTS OUR FRIENDS ARE GONE.))
OUT Q=friends are gone."
Millie and Larry Patterson survived by huddling in the bathroom.
((I THREW HER AGAINST THE BATHTUB AND LOCKED MYSELF AROUND HER. THEN HEARD THIS
ROAR ALL OF A SUDDEN SEEN THE LITE AND I REMEMBER YELLING I LOVE YOU.))
OUT Q=I love you."
Utility crews are working non stop to restore power and phones.
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Mother nature is taking her toll on Kentucky- where flooding is the problem.
In Falmouth, 95 percent of the homes are underwater.
((REPORTER: WHAT WAS IT LIKE HERE. WOMAN: HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE. I SAID GET ME TO
OUT Q=me to higher ground."
Ten people are dead in Kentucky alone and more rain could be on the way.
Flooding has also claimed lives in Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
This man got out on Saturday- .
Today with the help of the national guard, he went back- for his dog.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, vice President Al Gore says the White House
is exempt from some federal fundraising laws,
And Police find a surprise waiting for them at a local shopping
center...over 200 pounds of marijuana.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Tim McVeigh's lawyer says the Dallas Morning News stole hundreds of files
from his computer.
Stephen Jones says the paper obtained the documents illegally by hacking
It was Friday the paper reported McVeigh confessed to the Oklahoma City
((STEPHEN JONES/MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT
AUTHORIZED FREEDOM OF THE PRESS BASED UPON DOCUMENTS STOLEN BY PEOPLE WHO SEEK
TO PUBLISH THEM.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney;
OUT Q=to publish them."
Jones says McVeigh did not confess- and he says the document is not a
legitimate defense memo.
Meanwhile the Dallas Morning news stands by its story.
((THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS CATEGORICALLY DENIES IT COMMITTED ANY CRIME. IT DID
NOT HACK INTO MR. JONES COMPUTER SYSTEM AND IT DID NOT ASSIST ANYONE IN DOING
SUPER=01-Paul Watler/Dallas Morning News Attorney;
OUT Q=IN DOING SO."
Watler says the information in the article is accurate.
Campaign fund raising is again in question- this time it's phone calls Vice
President Al Gore made from the White House.
Gore says he did nothing wrong when he solicited campaign contributions from
his White House office.
But he says he'll never do it again.
((IF I REALIZED IN ADVANCE THIS HAS CAUSED SUCH A CONCERN, I WOULDN'T HAVE DONE
IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
OUT Q=IN THE FIRST PLACE."
Gore says he made only a few calls from his office- in search of
It's illegal for federal employees to solicit money in federal buildings.
But Gore says he and the president are exempt from the law.
The search is on for the person who shot and wounded a train conductor in
Authorities say a B-B gun was used to shoot 40-year old Robin Lynn
(SAY-FRIT) Safrit once in the upper back.
It happened yesterday afternoon near Chatham.
The pellet did NOT penetrate the skin but did cause a bruise and bleeding.
State police say the shooting was NOT an accident because more than one shot
IN Q=Any information
((M. B. ELLIOTT/VA. STATE POLICE:ANY INFORMATION THAT PEOPLE CAN PROVIDE AS FAR
AS RUMORS THEY'VE HEARD FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE WOULD BE
VERY HELPFUL IF THEY COULD CALL IN. ))
SUPER=01-M. B. Elliott/Va. State Police; :00
OUT Q=call in.
State police interviewed two teens in the area but say both had an alibi.
The Norfolk-Southern train was on its way to Crewe, Virginia.
Women are now officially a part of the Virginia Military Institute's
educational mission statement.
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
Adopted in 1986, the statement outlines V-M-I's approach to educate its
students in a military-style setting.
But until today, that statement only applied to male students.
When V-M-I was forced to admit women, it also had to add the WORD "women" to
its mission statement.
The change was approved today by the State Council of Higher Education.
IN Q=The mission statements
((ELIZABETH MCLANAHAN/SCHEV CHAIRMAN: THE MISSION STATEMENTS OF EVERY PUBLIC
INSTITUTION IN THE COMMONWEALTH MUST BE APPROVED BY THE STATE COUNCIL OF HIGHER
EDUCATION. SO THIS IS A POLICY AND PROCEDURE THAT'S IN PLACE FOR EVERY PUBLIC
SUPER=01-Elizabeth McLanahan/SCHEV Chairman; :00
OUT Q=public institution.
V-M-I hopes to admit thirty female cadets for its class of 2001.
Residents of Highland County have prevailed in their fight against the
U.S. Air Force.
And today, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte said he believes they
have won more than just a temporary victory.
Goodlatte says he was concerned the Air Force would merely extend the
public comment period on its plan for a dramatic increase in low- level
But with last week's announcement,
the Air Force agreed to re-evaluate its training needs,
SUPER=03-Highland Co.;and the impact on the areas where the training takes
More importantly, Goodlatte says, the Air Force will look for ways to
spread out the impact of the low-level flights.
IN Q=First of all
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: FIRST OF ALL I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO
COME BACK UP AGAIN THIS YEAR. EVENTUALLY THEY MAY COME FORWARD WITH ANOTHER
PROPOSAL, BUT I BET IT WILL BE ONE THAT IS MORE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE
PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS LIKE HIGHLAND COUNTY AND WESTERN AUGUSTA COUNTY.))
OUT Q=and Western Augusta County.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Stephen Curtis Chapman explains the popularity of today's
and we'll let you know if those Virginia Tech students stranded at the airport
have ever made it to their Spring Break festivities.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Botetourt County parking lot had a serious weed problem this morning.
Gardeners were not needed... but law enforcement officers were.
About 220 pounds of marijuana were found early this morning at the Mountain
View Plaza parking lot in Daleville.
Authorities staked out the area for a few hours after the discovery... but
no arrests were made.
The pot was wrapped in plastic, dryer sheets and newspapers from McAllen,
Texas... located 10 miles north of the Mexican Border.
Officials say if the marijuana had been split up into smaller quantities,
it's street value would have been estimated at 900- thousand dollars.
After a two day wait in Raleigh, several Virginia Tech students finally made
it to Mexico for spring break.
The students were part of a group left stranded at the Raleigh airport, when
three of the charter airline's planes had mechanical trouble.
The flight that was supposed to leave Saturday morning, finally got off the
ground this evening.
((JAKE GOMOKE/STRANDED STUDENT;
ABSOLUTELY, THIS IS MY LAST SPRING BREAK OF MY COLLEGE CAREER AND THEY'VE KIND
OF DESTROYED IT FOR ME, I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT THOUGH, I'LL GIVE 'EM THAT.))
OUT Q=give 'em that.
While the students are finally on their way to a good time, some of the
parents haven't stopped worrying.
IN Q=I don't know
((JANE LAWSON/STUDENT'S MOTHER; I DON'T KNOW IF I'M EXCITED ABOUT THEM GOING
NOW OR NOT, NOW I'M KIND OF WORRIED ABOUT THEM GETTING HOME, SO IT'S BEEN A
SUPER=01-Jane Lawson/Student's Mother;
OUT Q=a long weekend
Sun and Surf travel agency, which sold the vacation packages, said the
students will get a third of their money back.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/37-39/Partly Sunny/Wind W-15/64-68;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Drizzle & Fog/37-39/Partly Sunny/And Warmer/62-64;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Wind NE-10/36-39/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/50-55;
SUPER=334-Cloudy & Cool/Wind W-10/40-42/Partly Cloudy/And Warmer/60-64;
From now on "March 3rd" will be recognized as "Herman Moore Day" in
The former G.W. and UVa star returned home last night at a standing room
only function at Sir Richard's restaurant in the city to be honored by his
The Old Dominion Monarchs have earned an invitation to the "Big Dance."
Last night the top seed in the Colonial conference needed an overtime to put
away sixth seeded JMU 62-to-58 in the tournament final.
CAA player of the year Odell Hodge was hungry for the one thing he's failed
to achieve in his college career - a championship.
But Odell would watch JMU take the early lead with Chatney Howard nails the
three pointer for Lefty's boys.
But Odell would wheel and deal inside and score on the layin as the two hit
the halftime tied at 23.
Hodge, the former Laurel Park star, who finished the game with 16 points and
18 rebounds would keep it rolling in the second half.
But JMU got a big lift from an unlikely source as Matte Milisa, the freshman
from Croatia stepped up and hit two big three pointers to put the Dukes in
front with 3 minutes to play.
But ODU got the game to overtime and SUPER=33-James Madison/58/Old
then got the win as Odell drops in the layin and the Monarchs drop the Dukes
62-to-58 in overtime.
((ODELL HODGE/CAA TOURNEY MVP:))
SUPER=01-Odell Hodge/CAA Tourney M.V.P.; :00
OUT Q=...MY TEAMMATES."
The ACC tournament begins this Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum with
the play in game.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; :00
Last night, Tim Duncan, the Wake Forest center was the only unanimous
selection on the 1997 Associated Press all-ACC team.
He is joined on the first team by Antawn Jamison, Keith Booth, Trajan Langdon
and Matt Harpring.
Harold Deane was a third team pick.
UVa freshman Colin Ducharme was named the league's Rookie of the week.
He had 24 points and 13 in two games.
Radford's Corey Reed was named to the GTE academic All-District III team
today. He has a 3 point 97 GPA in chemistry.
And Roanoke Jon Maher and Suzanne Moore were also named to the district
The Roanoke men and women are already in the NCAA Division Three tournament.
The men open their 64 team event Thursday night, on the road against Dixie
conference champion Methodist.
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE MEN'S COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Men's Coach; :00
OUT Q=...done all year"
The women play Thomas Moore Wednesday at 7pm at the Bast center.
((SUSAN DUNAGAN/ROANOKE WOMEN'S COACH:))
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Women's Coach; :00
OUT Q=...right now"
The high school basketball State Tournament's quarterfinals are set to begin
go to boards with mike talking over them
In Group Two-A, Martinsville play Liberty Friday night at 7. That game is at
Rustburg high school.
Salem plays Saturday night against Gate City at Virginia High in Bristol.
In Group Three A, Fleming hits the road again playing Hayfield Saturday night
in Fairfax at Robinson high school.
While the Pulaski girls play james Madison at the Dedmon Center Saturday
night at 7.
Speaking of the Dedmon Center, the single a guys play a doubleheader in that
building Friday night with J.I. Burton battling Glenvar and Floyd taking on
GO TO SCORES
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City///Sat. @ 7pm in Bristol/;
SUPER=0098-/Fleming///Hayfield///Sat. @ 7pm In Fairfax//J. Madison///Pulaski
Co.///Sat. @ 7pm In Radford/
SUPER=0098-/J.I. Burton///Glenvar///6:30pm @ The Dedmon Center//Haysi///Floyd
Co.///6:30pm @ The Dedmon Center/;
It's probably Miller Time in Mooresville, North Carolina at the Penske South
Last night, NASCAR has Penske team driver Rusty Wallace the official winner
of Sunday's Pontiac Excitement 400 Winston Cup race in Richmond.
A couple of hours after Wallace started celebrating his then unofficial win
in Victory Lane, NASCAR said that Rusty's Ford engine failed the postrace
compression test. In other words his engine had more power than his
The engine was confiscated by NASCAR and flown to Daytona where their
engineers performed a series of tests on the motor yesterday before deciding it
was legal and that Rusty is the winner.
He now has 47 career victories.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason
checks in with the latest
on a Virginia Tech football player, who himself is laying down the law to
teens willing to listen.
With 21 arrests and 12 suspensions over the past two years the Virginia
Tech football program has generated more than its share of negative publicity.
But Loren Johnson is one Hokie who takes pride in walking a straight line.
Steve Mason has more on his recent visit to Roanoke's youth based
Straight Street organization.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1995 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Va. Tech Defensive Back; :15
SUPER=01-Sameerah Hughes/Jackson 7th Grader; 1:06
SUPER=01-Hogan Hartzog/Straight Street Participant; 1:18
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Success on the field came quickly for Loren Johnson. In his first
collegiate start against Miami as a freshman he broke up a pass near the goal
line on the Hurricanes final play of the game to preserve the win. His status
has given him other opportunities.
Johnson spoke to the Straight Street kids two saturdays ago at the downtown
YMCA. teaches the gospel not to preach, but in hopes that teenagers will learn
from his mistakes.
The message seemed to hit some of the 150 kids and counselors on hand at the
There have been 12 suspension and 21 arrests over the past two seasons
involving Tech football players and disciplinary problems.
Loren's success on the field and off it has earned him a return invitation to
speak at Straight Street again. In Roanoke Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
In just the past few years contemporary Christian music has reached new
Bands like Jars of Clay and D-C Talk have crossed over to reach a wider
audience as they've placed high on the Billboard POP charts.
One of hottest artists in the field is Dove award winner Stephen Curtis
Tonight he brought his "Signs of Life" tour to the Salem Civic Center
Chapman says in addition to its message, the quality of the music is helping
draw new fans to the genre.
IN Q=The music has gotten
SUPER=01-Steven Curtis Chapman/Recording Artist;
OUT Q=world we live in.
greatest hits album which promises a couple new songs.
Chapman says after this tour, he will return to the studio to record a