(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... FOUR HOURS BEFORE HE WAS SCHEDULED TO DIE
BY LETHAL INJECTION, CONVICTED KILLER DOUGLAS BUCHANAN IS GRANTED A STAY BY THE
U-S SUPREME COURT.
THE JUDGE DUCKED...JURORS, LAWYERS AND OTHERS RAN SCREAMING OUT OF AN
ILLINOIS COURTHOUSE...WHEN A MAN HEAVED A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL AT THE JUDGE'S
OUT Q=at the judge's bench.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's TUESDAY, April 8th, our Top Story
Norfolk Southern will own more than half of Conrail according to the
agreement reached today with CSX--
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Six months after they became locked in a hostile bidding war, Norfolk
Southern and C-S-X have ironed out the main details for a negotiated breakup of
As Len Besthoff reports, one of the largest employers in our area will get a
majority of the spoils.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Norfolk Southern will shell out nearly six- BILLION- dollars for a 58-
percent share of Conrail's assets, including key routes providing new rail
links to lucrative markets like Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and
metropolitan New York.
Richmond- based C-S-X will spend upwards of four- billion- dollars for the
rest of Conrail.
It gets new connections in Boston, St. Louis, New York, and Philadelphia.
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will jointly operate Conrail assets in other
Even with these bitter rivals in agreement, the deal has a long way to go.
The finer details must still be worked out, and federal regulators who want
to make sure competition is preserved could take close to a year to approve the
Conrail carve- up.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
He admits he killed his entire family.
But just four hours before his scheduled lethal injection tonight, the U.S.
Supreme Court stepped in to postpone the execution of Douglas MacArthur
***connie on cart***
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./September 1987;
Buchanan killed his family and fled in 1987, when he was just 19 years old.
He shot his father twice in the head.
He shot his stepmother, stabbed her in the chest and nearly decapitated her.
He shot 10 year old stepbrother Donnie twice.
He shot 13- year old stepbrother Joel three times as he tried to flee, then
stabbed him five times in the head.
Neighbors and relatives in the tiny Naola community hoped this execution
would end their anguish.
But Buchanan's lawyers say it was their client's anguished childhood that
needs more attention.
So the U.S. Supreme Court intervened, giving itself more time to decide if
it will hear more about Doug Buchanan's state of mind the day of the killings.
Buchanan's lawyers had NOT even asked Governor Allen for clemency.
But the Governor issued a statement anyway, calling the murders deliberate
and vicious and stating the execution should proceed.
NOW it is postponed for several weeks.
Fire did significant damage to a home, in Roanoke County earlier this
When firefighters arrived, to this house in the 55-hundred block of Grandin
Road Extension, there was already heavy smoke and fire damage to the structure.
No one was home at the time, neighbors called the fire department at about
Fire officials estimate the damage at 50-thousand dollars .
There's no word yet on the cause....no one was injured in the blaze.
wipe wipe wipe
WIPE WIPE WIPE
Fire fighters seem to have the upper hand battling brush fires in
Blazes have scorched more than 250 acres of Three Sisters Knobs since
Saturday, but officials report progress securing the area and containing the
At this point investigators think the blaze could have been sparked by a bolt
No structures have been threatened by flames... and there have not been any
fire- related injuries.
A Pulaski woman was killed today in a single car accident.
Authorities say 51-year old Phyllis Plotts was trapped in her car for more
than an hour.
State police say this Ford Thunderbird was headed south on Route 11 in
Pulaski County when it ran off the road, went sideways into the median and
struck a tree.
((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA STATE POLICE: THE TREE WAS EMBEDDED IN THE DRIVER'S DOOR AND
THE CAR WAS WRAPPED AROUND THE TREE. ))
SUPER=01-S.L. Chumley/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=around the tree.
A doctor who was driving by stopped and performed an emergency tracheotomy
at the scene.
Plotts was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she died a
short time later.
Police in Urbana, Illinois say they have some strong leads in the case of a
man who threw a firebomb at a judge in the county courthouse there.
SUPER=03-Urbana, IL; :
Including the judge, four people were injured-- though none seriously,
IN Q=He just threw
((HE JUST THREW IT AND WAS OUT THE DOOR THAT QUICK, JUST THAT QUICK.
I COULD SEE THAT IT WAS FLAMING, IT LOOKED LIKE FLAMMABLE STUFF IN THE BOTTLE.
I DUCKED BECAUSE I DIDN'T' WANT IT TO HIT MY HEAD.
AS SOON AS HE PULLED OUT THE LIGHTER EVERYBODY JUST KIND OF RAN FOR COVER CAUSE
THEY KNEW WHAT WAS COMING NEXT.))
OUT Q=coming next.
The courthouse was severely damaged by fire.
Earlier today, police questioned a man for several hours in connection with
They now believe he was not involved.
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Sometimes court orders provide little protection, when someone is
determined to harm another person, so what do experts suggest for victims of
family violence? That story tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime...
Plus-- when you see this condition in someone, you might think they've been
But Rosacea (Ro-Zay-Shuh) is not about alcohol, it's a skin condition
causing redness of the face...stick around.
go to break
The Roanoke County Board of supervisors says the School Board needs to slash
several hundred thousand dollars from its budget.
This after the school board submitted its 1997-98 budget tonight.
Supervisors' Chairman Bob Johnson says two and a half million dollars is
needed for phase one of county school construction improvements.
The county has come up with one-point-eight million dollars.
Johnson says its up to the school board to find the remaining funds.
((BOB JOHNSON: AND WE'RE SOME SEVEN, 800 THOUSAND SHORT AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME
TO IMPLEMENT THIS FIRST PHASE. I LOOK TO PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS WITH THEM AND
STAY TUNED. IT ISN'T OVER. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=isn't over
But the School Board Chairman didn't realize the board had to come up with
savings this year.
IN Q=the one
((MIKE STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR: THE ONE MISCOMMUNICATION THAT I THINK IS
HERE. IS THE FACT THAT WE DID NOT KNOW THE FULL AMOUNT AND FULLY WHAT THE BLUE
RIBBON COMMISSION WAS LOOKING AT. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/School Board Chair;
OUT Q=looking at
The two groups will continue working on the budget over the next several
Balancing the budget is on the minds of Martinsville lawmakers, as well.
Yesterday, City Manager Earl Reynolds unveiled a plan that calls for a 25
percent real estate tax hike.
That would result in an increase of 100 to 200 dollars a year for the average
In the last week alone, domestic violence has claimed eight lives in
central and western Virginia.
The problem defies any easy answers, but experts say there is help for
victims of abuse.
As the shooting last week in Hillsville proved, court orders and police
escorts are no guarantee of safety.
Roanoke prosecutor Don Caldwell says the best advice may be to get out of
IN Q=If somebody
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IF SOMEBODY CALLS AND COMPLAINS
THAT HE OR SHE IS GOING TO KILL ME, MY ADVICE IS YOU BETTER HIDE UNTIL WE HAVE
A CHANCE, THE SYSTEM HAS A CHANCE, TO RESPOND TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, TO
SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. EVEN IF WE POST A POLICE OFFICER AT YOUR DOOR, WHICH CAN'T
PRACTICALLY BE DONE, THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN GUARANTEE YOUR SAFETY.))
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=guarantee your safety.
Local organizations provide shelter and advice for victims of domestic
The Turning Point Shelter for Abused Women and the Total Action Against
Poverty Women's Resource Center offer assistance here in western Virginia.
Former Franklin County breeder Valery Green may have lost dozens of pets, but
she won a round in court today--
Recently Green was ordered to give up her cats and dogs, and was told she
could no longer own pets.
Today she was in court after a puppy was found inside the fence on her
But this morning, Green's son told the court that HE fenced- in the dog...
without his mother's knowledge.
That testimony didn't convince prosecutors, but apparently it was enough to
sway the judge... and clear Green of contempt charges.
IN Q=We don't
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE DON'T BELIEVE
BRANDON GREEN DID THE THINGS THAT HE TESTIFIED TO BUT IT'S BEEN DETERMINED AND
THAT'S THE END OF THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=end of that
It's been nearly a month since judge B-A Davis ruled that Green had
mistreated her animals, numbering more than one-hundred.
Nearly all of them have been placed in new homes.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Tobacco companies are winning the battle to keep the Liggett Group from
releasing secret documents.
A judge today extended his order sealing the papers, after tobacco industry
lawyers argued that Liggett has a financial incentive for making the material
The judge said he would continue his injunction because the documents could
do lasting harm to big tobacco.
Liggett recently agreed to release the documents to states that are suing
(STOP READING! GO TO BREAK)
GRAPHIC=D Day Memorial
A nationally recognized historian has made a public pitch to get the nation
behind the D-Day memorial to be built in BEDFORD.
Stephen (Am-brohse) Ambrose addressed reporters today at the National Press
SUPER=03-Normandy, France/June 6, 1944
He spoke of the extraordinary sacrifices in securing the beachhead at
Normandy...in the face of relentless German mortar fire.
((ERNIE PYLE, WHO WALKED THE GROUND THE NEXT DAY, SAID IT WAS A "MIRACLE THAT
WE GOT IN ON THIS BEACH." IT NOT A MIRACLE. IT WAS INFANTRY. IT WAS YOUNG
AMERICAN KIDS, ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY AND GETTING THE JOB DONE. IT WAS
BEDFORD THAT TOOK THE WORST HIT OF ALL. OF ALL THE COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST IN THE
UNITED STATES, BUT THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD, IN CANADA IN ENGLAND, BEDFORD
TOOK THE BIGGEST HIT OF ALL.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Ambrose/Historian; :27
OUT Q=hit of all
The Memorial on a hillside above Bedford Elementary School is still two to
three years away from construction.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-Gusty/36-38/Partly Sunny/Breezy & Cool/50-54;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/And Windy/30-32/Mostly Sunny/And Windy/43-46;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-Gusty/30-32/Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-20/44-46;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/And Cold/25-30/Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-20/40-42;
On Health Check tonight, we feature Rosacea (Ro-Zay-Shuh)--
It's a skin condition that just affects the face.
It's a chronic redness, it usually appears after age 30.
Even President Clinton has the condition-- which has become fodder for
He's certainly not alone-- some 13 million people have it, though many
don't realize it.
IN Q=I just thought
(( ROBIN KORNSTEIN/ROSACEA PATIENT: I JUST THOUGHT YOU KNOW, I GET EMBARRASSED
EASILY, I GET BRIGHT RED. I DIDN'T REALLY THINK IT WAS A PROBLEM. I DIDN'T
REALLY KNOW, I WAS LIKE SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT I HAD A SKIN CONDITION. ))
SUPER=01-Robin Kornstein/Rosacea Patient; :10 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=a skin condition.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
The precise cause is unknown, but Rosacea often begins with a chronic
redness of the face, that looks like a blush or sunburn.
Later, pimples may appear-- at this stage oral antibiotics are often
used...as well as prescription creams or gels.
Rosacea can also cause swelling of the nose-- known as Rhinophyma
It's the real cause of comedian W.C. Fields' bulbous, red nose.
IN Q=W.C. Fields
((DR. BRUCE ROBINSON/DERMATOLOGIST: W.C. FIELDS WAS PROBABLY THE POSTER PERSON
FOR RHINOPHYMA AND ROSACEA. I THINK THAT THE ASSOCIATED STIGMATISM OF
ALCOHOLISM ASSOCIATED WITH ROSACEA MAKES PEOPLE FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Robinson/Dermatologist; :
OUT Q=discussing this.
That's right-- even teetotalers can get Rhinophyma from Rosacea if the
condition isn't treated.
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Our Video of the day... brings history back to life.
SUPER=75-Arras, France; :
In France, military historians have re-discovered a network of tunnels used
during the FIRST World War.
In 1917, 24-thousand allied troops were concealed in the passageways.
The tunnels may be opened as a museum-- a tribute to those who built them,
and even supplied electricity and telephone lines.
IN Q=It's a place
((ALAIN JACQUES/MILITARY ARCHAEOLOGIST: IT'S A PLACE WHERE THEY LIVED, IT'S
POSSIBLE TO FIND SOME BULLETS, SOME ARTIFACTS, IN THIS PLACE. I THINK IT'S THE
BEST PLACE TO UNDERSTAND. ))
SUPER=75-Alain Jacques/Military Archaeologist; :
OUT Q=to understand.
On the walls, there remain sketches of family members and day to day life
in the military.
There are also memorials carved by men who survived-- to their friends who
During the second World War, the tunnels were used as air raid shelters.
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC highlights from the Avalanche and
today's Cave Spring- Patrick Henry slugfest.
Plus, the Shark grits his teeth and steadies himself to once again tackle the
SUPER=04-November 1996; :00
But first, the Tyson-Holyfield rematch scheduled for May 3rd has been
Mike Tyson has suffered a cut over his eyes, and until that heals there be no
Look for the fight to eventually take place on June 28th.
Now your scores.
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The Salem Avalanche hit rock bottom again tonight; falling to the
Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-2 at Salem memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
A little pregame fun was in order at the ball park before the bats
Wilmington took a 2-nothing lead in the top of the first and threatened
again in the top of the third before Steve Shoemaker struck this Blue Rock out
to end Wilmington's run.
The Blue Rocks went up 3-nothing in the 4th on this two bagger off the wood of
Emilliano Escandon. The shot to center plates Juan Rocha and Wilmington denies
salem it's first win of the season 8-2.
The Hillcats played their home opener tonight in the Hill City. Lynchburg
beat frederick 7-5 and improve to 4 and 1 on the season.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Cave Spring Knights baseball team improved to 2-and-1 in the RVD and 4
and 2 overall this afternoon with a
13 to 2 win over Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Patriots;:00
Head Coach Roger White and his team made the short trip over to Grandin Road,
and then made short work of the Patriots.
In the second inning, the Knights made their first mark on the scoreboard
with Tyler Kirby driving in Mark Snodgrass and Michael Duncan. Two to nothing
Knights after 2 innings.
Cave made it 4-to-nothing in the third as Greg Wells singles to right field
and plates Patrick Conley and David Trumbower. But the Knights were far from
Jay Scott singles, Wells scores and Cave Spring takes a 5-to-nothing lead.
The Knights would go on to win the SUPER=34-Cave Spring/13/Patrick Henry/4;
game 13 to 4.
Scott Shirley, who has already signed to play at George Washington University
pitched four innings to get the win, striking out 8.
The Chicago Cubs have tied a franchise record for the worst start in the team
history after losing to the Marlins today 5-to-3.
The Cubs are no 0-and-7.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Marlins vs. Cubs; :00
The only thing colder than the Cubs is the weather. A minus one windchill
greeted fans today at Wrigley Field.
Gary Sheffield attempted to warm up the day by hitting this solo homer to
left field in the first to give the Marlins the early lead.
But the Cubs came back behind the bat of Sammy Sosa who jacks this homer in
the second inning.
But not even Sammy could save the day as the Frozen Fish beat the Knondike
Bears 5-to-3 in the freezer.
The start of the 1997 Masters is now just two days away.
This afternoon the best golfers in the world got in their second day of
practice at Augusta National.
Most eyes this week are on Greg Norman, the man who lost a six stroke lead on
the final day of play last year and lost the championship to Nick Faldo.
Today he had this to say about beating the past.
((GREG NORMAN/1996 MASTERS RUNNERUP:))
SUPER=01-Greg Norman/1996 Masters Runner-Up; :00
OUT Q=...FLUSH IT OUT."
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/This Afternoon; :00
But in order to "Flush It Out" Norman needs to get some help from the press
and the electronic news media.
IN Q="It's been...
OUT Q=...DEAD ISSUE."
An anonymous donor has given Mary Baldwin College 10-MILLION dollars.
It's the largest gift the school has ever received at one time... perhaps
the biggest bunch of cash donated to ANY women's college.
Mary Baldwin says some of the money will be used to renovate the
Administration Building that was built two years after the liberal arts college
was founded in 1842.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
SUPER=x5024; Coming up at 11 Load
We'll head out to California where an affirmative action ban is upheld.
SUPER=77-L.A. Mayor's Race;
Plus in SOUTHERN California who's going to be mayor of Los Angeles?
SUPER=78-Taco Bell Pays;
And thousands of Taco Bell employees are receiving back pay.
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7 with these stories. Thanks for