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There's more evidence emerging that Virginia's two major railroads will
divide the spoils of Conrail, a dominant carrier in the northeast.
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Len Besthoff has been tracking these developments.
He joins us from our newsroom with more on the situation.
Melanie yesterday mum was the word on any change in the bidding war over
But a set of brief statements released by all three railroads Monday evening
are confirming what industry sources have been predicting.
Conrail's board of directors has approved a revised agreement in which it
will be sold to C-S-X for 10- point- five- billion- dollars.
But comments by C-S-X C-E-O Jack Snow give every indication that Norfolk
Southern, one of our area's largest employers, will get to purchase some key
Snow says he expects a proposal that will "provide a pro- competitive
solution in the east".
Industry speculation has N-S getting two Conrail routes giving it strong
links into New York.
N- S C-E-O David Goode sounds equally optimistic, saying he's looking
forward to a plan to restructure the rail system with N-S and C-S-X each
getting part of Conrail.
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Key to the deal for N-S are the links to the port of New York, an area it
has been trying to get a foothold in for many years.
(QUESTION: Now originally Conrail demanded it wouldn't be broken in two. What
President Clinton is on his way to his home state of Arkansas this
afternoon where he'll see for himself the devastation left by Saturday's killer
Meanwhile, residents along the Ohio River brace for what could be the worst
flooding in more than 30 years.
Thousands have already been forced from their homes.
John Roberts reports.
SUPER=03-Cynthianna, KY; :00
SUPER=01-John Roberts/Reporting; :40
OUT Q=CBS NEWS CINCINNATI.
Further upstream on the licking river -- cynthianna, kentucky was spared the
depth of falmouth's problems -- but none of its pain.
"WE'RE JUST DEVASTATED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE DIDN'T GET OUT WITH
NARR: IT WAS A WEEKEND OF RECORD RAINFALL -- BUT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL THAT
TO THIS MAN.
"I'VE LIVED IN CYNTHIANNA 46 OF MY 49 YEARS OF AGE AND I'VE NEVER SEEN
ANYTHING LIKE THIS."
NARR: THEY WERE SAYING THE SAME THING IN SHEPPARDSVILLE, KENTUCKY... WHERE THE
SALT RIVER HIT A 40 YEAR HIGH.
" I GOT MY WIFE OUT AND MY KIDS OUT... IS IT GOING TO HELP TO CRY? NO. YOU
JUST GOT TO GO ON."
John Roberts, CBS News Cincinnati.))
An attorney for Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is accusing
the Dallas Morning News of stealing hundreds of documents from his computer
Stephen Jones says a purported confession by McVeigh printed by the paper is
not a legitimate document.
((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.
The paper denies any wrongdoing.
Meantime, a source tells C-B-S News the defense made up the alleged
confession to see if it would cause a potential witness to change his story.
Christiansburg police are on the look out for two men who allegedly robbed
the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Peppers Ferry Road last night.
Police say one of the men brandished a semi-automatic handgun.
They fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
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In the wake of the shooting rampage at the Empire State Building, some
politicians are pointing out what they see as a new source of
But state officials say the numbers just don't add up.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=01-Bill Dunham/ATF Agent; :36
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(( 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
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.))
The body of a Waynesboro woman was found Sunday at the Wintergreen ski
resort after someone heard her three- year- old daughter's wails.
Wintergreen police say 27- year- old Heather Merchant had been
visiting friends at the Nelson County resort.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, but police say there were no
signs of struggle.
President Clinton does not want humans to play God when it comes to
From the Oval office today he issued a directive to bar any federal agency
from supporting, funding, or undertaking research on human cloning.
Mr. Clinton says new research over
the weekend raises the prospect that it might be possible to clone humans.
He's referring to the cloning of two rhesus monkeys in Oregon.
((THERE IS MUCH ABOUT CLONING WE STILL DO NOT KNOW, BUT THIS MUCH WE DO KNOW
ANY DISCOVERY THAT TOUCHES UPON HUMAN CREATION IS NOT SIMPLY A MATTER OF
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IT IS A MATTER OF MORALITY AS WELL.))
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The president also wants a
voluntary halt to privately funded human cloning experiments.
Some alarming new statistics about children and drugs.
A survey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America finds marijuana use by
youngsters in the fourth through sixth grades has doubled in the last year.
The president of the group says the average age for trying marijuana is now
Virginia Military Institute's educational mission statement now officially
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Adopted in 19-86, the statement outlines V-M-I's approach to educate its
students in a military-style setting.
But until yesterday, 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 yesterday 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.
The plans are not yet firm, but it looks like residents in Eagle Rock will
have their bridge.
Andrew Freiden was at a community meeting last night, where residents found
out where the money is coming from.
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SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT; :37
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SUPER=01-Bill Loope/Board of Supervisors; 1:01
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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 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.
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((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
A few residents from the south end of the county were at the meeting , and
folks there aren't so sure Botetourt County should get into the habit of
building state roads.
But eagle rock residents say it's about time some money is spent in their
corner of the world.))
Highland County residents won their fight against the U.S. Air Force.
And yesterday, 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.
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((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.
After spending two days stuck at the airport some Virginia Tech students are
finally lounging on the beaches of Mexico.
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 last night.
((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.))
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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.
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((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;
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Sun and Surf travel agency, which sold the vacation packages, said the
students will get a third of their money back.
The Macarena may no longer be hip-- but students at Hurt Park Elementary
School picked up an older, dance step--- the Merengue (mar-en-gay).
As part of a program called the World Beat Workshop, students learned this
national dance of the Dominican Republic, as well as other rhythms from around
Musicians Robert Jospe' (Jos-pay) and Keven Davis introduced music from
Africa, the Caribbean and South America-- and encouraged students to join in
IN Q=The young kids
((ROBERT JOSPE'/WORLD BEAT: THE YOUNG KIDS ARE JUST DYING TO JUST MOVE AROUND
AND GET SOMETHING GOING, SO IT'S FUN IN THAT WAY.))
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Jospe' and Davis perform workshops for students from elementary school to
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Residential gas rates in Roanoke are going down for the second time in a
Roanoke Gas says its billing rate for homeowners will go down 11- percent.
That's on top of a six- percent cut LAST month.
The new rate will be effective for bills distributed after March first.
Roanoke Gas says the reduction is due to further declines in natural gas
The company is also studying ways to prevent price increases like the ones
experienced this winter.
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From now on "March 3rd" will be recognized as "Herman Moore Day" in
The Detroit Lions receiver--a former G.W. and U-V-A star--returned home last
night, honored by his friends at a standing room only function at Sir Richard's
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Old Dominion beat sixth seeded J-M-U in overtime in the Colonial Conference
J-M-U take the early lead when Chatney Howard nails the three pointer.
But Odell Hodge 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, finished the game with 16 points and 18
rebounds--he would keep it rolling in the second half.
J-M-U's Matte Milisa hit two big three pointers to put the Dukes in front
with three minutes to play.
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But the game went into overtime and and the Monarchs drop the Dukes 62-to-58
((ODELL HODGE/CAA TOURNEY MVP:))
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OUT Q=...MY TEAMMATES."
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:))
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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"
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Rusty Wallace is the OFFICIAL winner of Sunday's Pontiac Excitement 400.
After the win, NASCAR said 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.
An amazing find off the coast of North Carolina.
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They don't look like much, but this ship's bell, dated back to 17-09, and
other artifacts recovered in the Atlantic last fall may provide a link to
Blackbeard the pirate.
North Carolina archaeologists say they came from the wreck of blackbeard's
ship the "Queen Anne's revenge."
Blackbeard died in a battle with the British Navy in 17-18.