Coming up on News 7 at noon.
Some scary moments for a six- year- boy who fell into a 50- foot well,
while play hide- and- seek.
And a live update on the deal between Norfolk Southern and C-S-X as they
plan to divide Conrail.
News 7 at Noon is up next.
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The three dominant railroads in the east have pulled together a deal that
will leave just two carriers, pending federal approval.
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Len Besthoff says Norfolk Southern and C-S-X believe the plan to carve up
Conrail will strike a competitive balance that regulators will be pleased with.
So Len, when do the railroads expect to submit their plan to regulators?
N-S and C-S-X say they'll file their application in June, and they've asked
the Surface Transportation Board to expedite this process, which normally takes
close to a year to complete.
The three way merger has N-S paying six- BILLION- dollars for about 60-
percent of Conrail's assets, with C-S-X spending upwards of four- billion-
dollars for the rest of the northeastern carrier.
Norfolk Southern became a hostile bidder for Conrail shortly after C-S-X and
Conrail announced plans to merge in October touching off a major bidding war.
This whole process has garnered a lot of attention in our area, where N-S
and C-S-X are both big employers.
Kim coming up on News-7 at Six, we'll be talking with a person who helped
craft several other mergers for Norfolk Southern.
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We'll see how he rates the latest deal N-S has struck.
The U-S Supreme Court has yet to decide if it will hear the appeal of a man
convicted of killing his family.
So, last night, hours before he was scheduled to die, the Court postponed
Douglas Buchanan, Junior's execution.
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Buchanan admits he violently killed his family in 19-87, when he was just
He murdered his father, stepmother and two stepbrothers
Neighbors and relatives in the tiny Naola community hoped this execution
would end their anguish.
Commonwealth's attorney Ed Meeks prosecuted the case. He pushed for the
IN Q=Of course
((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: OF COURSE IT'S A SERIOUS, SERIOUS MATTER. SOMETIMES YOU
HAVE TO BALANCE THOUGH, THAT WHEN THERE'S A CAPITAL CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A
TRAGIC, TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO BALANCE THOSE THINGS
AGAINST THE SEVERITY OF THE PUNISHMENT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=of the punishment.
But Buchanan's lawyers say it was their client's anguished childhood that
needed more attention.
So the U-S Supreme Court intervened. It's giving itself more time to decide
if it will hear more about Doug Buchanan's state of mind the day of the
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.
The Illinois man charged with firebombing a courthouse faces an arraignment
and bond hearing today.
Police arrested 37- year- old John Ewing, Junior last night.
They believe Ewing threw a Molotov cocktail into a courtroom yesterday
morning, while a civil trial was in progress.
The firebomb reportedly bounced off the judge's head, before starting a
blaze that gutted the courtroom.
The judge and three other people suffered minor injuries.
Apparently, it was the same judge who had handled a civil case involving
A six- year- old boy in Maryland won't likely forget his latest game of
hide- and- seek.
The child was playing with his younger brother when he fell through a shed
and into this 50- foot well.
Rescue workers were able to get to the boy quickly.
They let down a life preserver and managed to pull him out of six feet of
The boy survived the ordeal with several scrapes and a broken leg.
Flood waters and icy conditions have made the state of Minnesota an official
There's growing concern about ice jams holding back water on stretches of
the major rivers.
But while the ice is slowing the rising waters, forecasters are expecting
more serious flooding problems when the temperatures get higher.
Some evacuated residents were allowed to return home to pick up their
But it's still too dangerous for them to return permanently.
Another newspaper is publishing a letter supposedly written by Oklahoma
bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
The letter is said to outline McVeigh's thoughts about the F-B-I siege in
Kristin Jeannette- Meyers reports. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=In the letter,
SUPER=03-Waco, TX/April 19, 1993; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; :33 QUICK
SUPER=03-Perry, OK/April 21, 1995; :36
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/April 19, 1995; :46
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Tuesday; :51
SUPER=01-Kristin Jeannette-Meyers/Reporting; 1:00
OUT Q=CBS NEWS
((IN THE LETTER, MCVEIGH CHARGES THE FBI CAUSED WHAT HE CALLS THE "SLOW,
TORTUOUS DEATHS" AT THE BRANCH DAVIDIAN COMPOUND. MCVEIGH, WHO HIMSELF WAS
CAPTURED ON HOME VIDEO WHILE VISITING WACO, WRITES:
"The public never saw the Davidians' home video of their cute babies, adorable
children, loving mothers or protective fathers. Nor did they see pictures of
the charred remains of children's bodies."
THE LETTER WAS REPORTEDLY SENT TO THE REPORTER LAST FALL FOLLOWING HIS
JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW WITH MCVEIGH.
"I don't think there's anything in the letter that hasn't been said before."
PERRY/ OKLAHOMA CITY
MCVEIGH'S ANGER AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE WACO STANDOFF IS
WELL-DOCUMENTED. PROSECUTORS HAVE SUGGESTED MCVEIGH'S VEHEMENCE OVER WACO
COULD BE A MOTIVE FOR THE BOMBING WHICH OCCURRED ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF
THE WACO FIRE. MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY MINIMIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LETTER
BEING RELEASED IN THE MIDST OF JURY SELECTION.
"I don't see anything in the report that really bears on this case."
MEANWHILE JURY SELECTION ACCELERATED BRIEFLY TUESDAY AS THE JUDGE EXCUSED ONE
JUROR WHO SAID THE TRIAL / (GRAPHIC)
"cost the government a lot of money" AND QUESTIONED THE DECISION TO MOVE IT TO
KRISTIN JEANNETTE-MEYERS CBS NEWS
A federal appeals court upheld California's ban on racial or gender
The measure is known as Proposition 2-0-9.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
Californians voted last November to ban affirmative action programs.
Soon after, a U-S District judge blocked the measure.
Now three federal appeals court judges say THAT ruling was wrong, in other
words, California CAN end affirmative action.
Meanwhile after this ruling, opponents of Proposition 2-0-9 announced
After four days of fighting wildfires in Rockbridge County, crew are
spending today picking up the pieces.
The blaze scorched an estimated 400 acres since Saturday.
Firefighters are mopping up the area, removing any burning material near the
At this point investigators think the fire could have been sparked by a
No structures have been threatened by flames... and no one was hurt.
An early morning fire in Massachusetts killed at least nine horses.
Flames engulfed the structure-- The stable's owner says 25 other
horses are safe and and accounted for, but another may still be on the loose.
The blaze also spread to two nearby barns.
Investigators have yet to determine how the fire started, but they don't
consider it suspicious.
Flames scorched a Roanoke County home last night.
When firefighters arrived at 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.
Fire officials estimate the damage at 50-thousand dollars.
There's no word yet on the cause....no one was injured in the blaze.
Even the actions of a doctor, who stopped after seeing the accident could
not save the life of a Pulaski woman yesterday.
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/Virginia 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.
Central and western Virginia has lost a number of people to domestic
violence in the past week.
Protecting those victims is no easy task, but as Joe Dashiell reports help
IN Q=In Roanoke last Tuesday
SUPER=01-Stephen Long/The Salvation Army; :14
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney; :25
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Women's Resource Center Dir.; :52
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((In Roanoke last Tuesday, in Hillsville on Thursday, again in Campbell
County this week, explosive confrontations carried fatal consequences.
All cases of domestic violence that together claimed eight lives.
IN Q=Violence has always been there
((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/THE SALVATION ARMY: VIOLENCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, BUT IT
SEEMS TO BE GROWING IN PROPORTION.))
OUT Q=growing in proportion.
And as the Hillsville shooting showed, police protection is no guarantee of
IN Q=The sad reality
((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE SAD REALITY OF THAT HILLSVILLE
SHOOTING IS THAT ALL OF THE COURT ORDERS, ALL THE PIECES OF PAPER IN THE WORLD
ARE NOT GOING TO PROTECT YOU FROM SOMEBODY WHO HAS FIXATED AND IS DETERMINED TO
OUT Q=is determined to kill you.
Prosecutor Don Caldwell says the best advice may be to hide from the
abuser, until authorities can help.
Local organizations also offer shelter and counseling.
IN Q=We can't promise
((ELLEN BROWN/WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER DIR.: WE CAN'T PROMISE THAT WE CAN
PROTECT THEM, BUT WHEN WE'RE WORKING WITH A WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN, SHE WOULD
HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF KEEPING HER SANITY AND SURVIVING.))
OUT Q=sanity and surviving.
Ellen Brown says the Salvation Army's Turning Point Women's Shelter, and
the Total Action Against Poverty Women's Resource Center stand ready to help.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
As the election inches nearer,
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, the presumed Democratic nominee for governor
is talking tax cuts.
He said today he wants to wants to eliminate the tax for companies with less
than five- million dollars a year in sales and 50-thousand dollars in profit.
Beyer estimated that the tax cut would cost Virginia 20- million each year,
which he said is not much in the context of a two-year, 34- billion-dollar
The Roanoke County Board of supervisors says the School Board needs to cut
several hundred- thousand dollars from its budget.
This, after the school board submitted its 1997-98 budget last night.
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 it's 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 did not 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 Chairman;
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.
Monday, 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
Sludge will not be the fertalizer of choice in Pulaski County this season.
Farmers will not be ALLOWED to use it.
This, after the county's planning commission put off a decision on the
process until July.
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The sludge is left in two lagoons, waste from the industrial process which
Burlington promised to clean out and return to nature.
It's contracted a company which is requesting a special use permit to spread
the material on several farms in the county.
The planning commission had asked for a detailed list of the chemicals in the
But zoning administrator Dari (DARE-ee) Jenkins says Burlington has not been
able to provide the information.
County officials are concerned about the possibility of groundwater
GRAPHIC=D Day Memorial
A D-Day memorial in Bedford that has yet to be built has attracted the
attention of a nationally recognized historian.
Stephen (Am-brohse) Ambrose addressed reporters yesterday at the National
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.
Ten-Million dollars is making its way into the treasury at Mary Baldwin
College thanks to an anonymous donor.
It's the largest gift the school has ever received at one time... perhaps
the biggest buddle of cash ANY women's college has ever gotten.
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 18-42.
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An illegal checking scheme may cost a Martinsville bank more than a- half-
The activity occurred in the first quarter of this year at the Piedmont
Trustbank, a subsidiary of the MainStreet BankGroup.
The bank says it's disappointed because it has procedures to detect this
kind of activity.
Those procedures were strengthened immediately.
MainStreet will press charges against the customer who allegedly did this,
and it expects to recover up to 300- thousand- dollars of the money.
The bank had to deal with a big theft several years ago, when an employee
pleaded guilty to embezzling more than a million- dollars.
The Salem Avalanche watched its record fall to 0-and-5 last night with a
loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
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A little pregame fun was in order at the ball park before the bats started
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 out this Blue Rock
to end Wilmington's run.
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The Blue Rocks went up 3-nothing in the 4th on this two bagger off the wood
of Emilliano Escandon. Wilmington denies Salem its first win of the season
The Hillcats played their home opener last night in the Hill City and beat
Frederick 7-5 to improve to 4 and 1 on the season.
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On the high school diamonds yesterday the Cave Spring Knights improved to
2-and-1 in the R-V-D and 4 and 2 overall with a 13 to 4 win over Patrick Henry.
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In the second inning, the Knights made their first mark on the scoreboard
with Tyler Kirby driving in Mark Snodgrass and Michael Duncan.
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Cave Spring made it 4-to-nothing in the third as Greg Wells singles to right
field and plates Patrick Conley and David Trumbower.
The Knights would go on to win the game 13 to 4.
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GRAPHIC=High school basketball
Roanoke's Kiwanis Club tipped their hats to some local hoopsters.
The main attraction was the Kiwanis coach and player of the year awards for
boys and girls.
Lord Botetourt had a clean sweep as David Wheat took home the coaches'
trophy and Lady Cavalier guard Sara Moore was the girls' recipient.
((SARA MOORE/KIWANIS GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
((DAVID WHEAT/kIWANIS GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Sara Moore/Kiwanis Girls Player of the Year; :00
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Kiwanis Girls Coach of the Year; :12
On the boys' side; William Fleming's Charles Burnette was selected as the
Kiwanis boys player of the year; while the coach of the year award went to
Glenvar's Art Lawrence.
((ART LAWRENCE/KIWANIS COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((CHARLES BURNETTE/KIWANIS BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Kiwanis Boys Coach of the Year; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Burnette/Kiwanis Boys Player of the Year; :10
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