GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
The historic second-hand smoke trial in Miami has come to an end with a
multi million dollar out of court settlement.
Some 60-thousand flight attendants sued the tobacco industry for five
billion dollars, claiming they got sick from breathing smoke from passengers'
Four months into the trial both sides have agreed to a 300 million dollar
The case was the first second-hand smoke claim to ever make it to trial.
A human rights organization propelled to the limelight by Princess Diana has
been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tom Fenton reports from London.
SUPER=03-Oslo, Norway; :31
SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/Reporting; 1:04
OUT Q=cbs news, London.
BY GIVING THE PRIZE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BAN LAND MINES, THE
COMMITTEE IS IN EFFECT ALSO HONORING DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES.
THIS WAS HER LAST IMPORTANT CAUSE, THE ONE SHE WAS MOST CONCERNED WITH AT
THE TIME OF HER DEATH.
Diana threw herself into the anti-landmine campaign with the energy and
committment that was typical of her. She went to Angola to see for herself the
devastating effects of anti-personnel mines, knowing that her presence would
ensure world-wide publicity for the campaign. It was not a fashionable cause
when Diana took it up. but by the time of the Oslo conference last month, 90
nations had agreed to the landmine ban. the campaign was coordinated by Jody
Williams, who will receive the prize along with the organization. she told
norwegian television this morning that she hopes the united states, which
refuses to agree to the ban, will change its mind now.
JODY WILLIAMS: (VOICE ONLY)
BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER SIGNIFICANT COUNTRIES FOR
WHATEVER REASON DID NOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF
HUMANITY ON THIS ISSUE.
This will place more pressure on president clinton, who wants an exception to
the treaty to allow the united states to continue to use land mines in korea.
That's important for the pentagon, which sees the land mines as essential
for the protection of American troops in South Korea.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London.))
Hundreds of Mexican military doctors and nurses have descended on that
country's Pacific Coast following yesterday's devastating hurricane.
Pauline slammed into the resort town of Acapulco killing more than 100.
With 100 mile- per- hour winds, Pauline unleashed deadly rains
that swept away cars, boulders, even people.
((HOMERO/NAVA/WTN PHOTOGRAPHER:IT WAS TERRIBLE. I HAVE OVERED SOME OTHER
HURRICANES IN THE CARIBBEAN, BUT
I VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE. MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE
MOUNTAINS AROUND ACAPULCO, THE WATER CAME WITH UNBELIEVABLE FORCE AND
DESTROYED EVERYTHING IT ENCOUNTERED. THE MAIN ROADS ARE TOTALLY CUT."
SUPER=02-Homero Nava/News Photographer;
OUT Q=are totally cut.
Pauline was downgraded to a tropical depression overnight, but is still
considered a flood threat.
White House attorneys continue combing the archives looking for more
fundraising videotapes to turn over to the Justice Department.
SUPER=04-White House Video;
Meantime, a 19-87 videotape has surfaced indicating possible campaign
fundraising abuses by the Reagan administration.
President Reagan is shown asking Republican donors inside the White House
for their help.
Democrats suggest the video shows a solicitation within the White House
long before Vice President Gore made fund-raising phone calls.
The White House is hoping to change the way the I-R-S deals with taxpayers.
This morning the President and Vice President unveiled a package of reforms
that includes simpler forms, new taxpyer rights, and a 24 hour advice line.
The plan also calls for the establishment of an I-R-S board of trustees,
with the majority of its members coming from the private sector.
IN Q=this board will review
OUT Q=treatment they deserve.
The plan was spurred in part by last month's Congressional hearings, which
featured horror stories of taxpayer harassment.
A single car accident took the life of a man in Roanoke County last night.
The accident happened on Yellow Mountain Road.
Police say Jacob Wickert lost control of his vehicle and drove over an
The car then became airborne and landed on Route 2-20 North.
Wickert died at the scene.
A Chatham plastics plant could be risking the public's health, that's what
the Environmental Protection Agency claims.
The E-P-A says the plant has been burning hazardous waste without checking
the incinerator or keeping proper records.
According to the E-P-A, Cook Composites also failed to inspect waste
monitoring and safety equipment.
The lawsuit says Cook saved money by skipping these steps, but now the plant
faces a fine of 253-thousand-dollars.
IN Q=Can they operate
((STEVE LAW/NEIGHBOR: CAN THEY OPERATE WITHIN THE LAW? AND APPARENTLY THEY'RE
NOT ABLE TO. IT'S POSSIBLE BUT IT WOULD COST THEM EXTRA MONEY. AND THIS IS
BASICALLY A MATTER OF SPENDING LESS OF THEIR MONEY, BUT THAT RISKS THE LIFE OF
EVERYBODY AT CHATHAM HIGH AND THIS COMMUNITY AND YOU AND ME.))
OUT Q= and you and me
The plant manager says many of these charges are not true, and he's
appealing the others.
Meanwhile, Cook's sister company next door, Sartomer, will ask the Board of
Supervisors for permission to expand later this month.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Election Day is just about three weeks away with no clear leader in the race
Ellen Qualls reports on the findings of the latest NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll.
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( 43-percent of likely voters say they like Don Beyer.
43- percent like Jim Gilmore.
That's about where these guys have been since January.
The poll was taken AFTER Monday night's debate.
In a regional breakdown...
The pair are tied in the Roanoke- Lynchburg area, both at 44-percent.
In Southside, Gilmore's up by four percentage points over Beyer.
The margin of error is three-and-a-half points either way.
In Southwest Virginia, they're in that statistical tie again at 43 and 42
Beyer's up in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Gilmore's up everywhere else in the state.
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: NORTHERN VIRGINIA TYPICALLY VOTES
HEAVIER WHEN THERE'S A FEDERAL ELECTION ON THE BALLOT THEN WHEN THERE ARE
STATEWIDE ELECTIONS. SO OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOING TO BE IN DON BEYER'S INTEREST TO
FIND SOME WAY OF PUMPING UP THE TURNOUT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA SO IT WOULD
APPROXIMATE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN A FEDERAL ELECTION OR WHAT HAPPENED IN 1994
WHEN NORTHERN VIRGINIA WAS REALLY DECISIVE FOR CHUCK ROBB.))
tack standup on here
In terms of close races, Doug Wilder won the governor's race in 1989 by a
historically thin margin -- but PRE-election polls showed the race four to 20
points apart, depending on whose polls you believed.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
For a closer look at the numbers...
...check out the WDBJ home page at W-D-B-J-seven-dot-com.
Jim Gilmore has withdrawn from a planned October 21st debate in Norfolk.
In a letter to the sponsoring group of state capitol reporters, Gilmore's
campaign manager cited "outrageous behavior" by Don Beyer as the reason.
The letter cited Monday night's debate in Richmond where Beyer accused
Gilmore -- a former prosecutor -- of making plea bargains in 35 child
A Beyer aide acknowledged a misstatement on the number of written plea
But the aide said Gilmore is making excuses because he doesn't want to
More supporters jumped on the re-election train for Bob Johnson as he tries
to retain his seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Members of the school board voiced their support for Johnson's campaign.
In accepting the support Johnson praised the efforts of the school board and
board of supervisors in working on the Blue Ribbon Commission.
SOT 16.12.30 - 16.12.41
IN Q=I think the
((BOB JOHNSON/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: I THINK THE BLUE RIBBON
COMMISSION REPRESENTED FOR ALL SEGMENTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND EVERY MAGISTERIAL
DISTRICT HAS SEEN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND SCHOOL BOARD WORK TOGETHER FOR
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Board of Supervisors Candidate;
OUT Q=for our children.
Board members praised Johnson for his help in improving the County's schools
including adding classrooms to Northside High School.
Johnson is currently the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
His opponent Don Terp has said that if elected he could save the county as
much as three million dollars a year.
Meantime Roanoke County Republicans are speaking out about support Johnson
has garnered from four G-O-P leaders.
At a press conference this morning, Republican committee members clarified
the individuals who endorsed Johnson do NOT represent views of the party.
They say they want the record clear that party authorization was not given to
IN Q=Roanoke County
((HUGH KEY/REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN:ROANOKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NOT AND WILL
NOT TAKE A POSITION TO ENDORSE ANYONE IN THIS RACE. NO VOTE WAS TAKEN OR EVEN
SUGGESTED AT ANY REPUBLICAN MEETING AND NONE WILL BE))
SUPER=01-Hugh Key/Republican Chairman;
OUT Q=none will be
Republican party chairpersons say supporting an opposing party candidate
violates the spirit of Republicans working together.
Clothing designer Gianni Versace may be gone but his fashions live on.
Last night in Miami, designer Donatella Versace unveiled the first Versace
signature collection since her brother's murder in July.
The 19-98 spring summer collection included the body molding gowns for which
Versace was famous.
Donatella has taken over the artistic direction of the design label.
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After nine years away, Bruce Hornsby returned to the Roanoke Valley to play
with the Roanoke Symphony before a sold-out crowd.
IN Q=MUSIC...white wheeled limousine
OUT Q=was standing low...
IN Q=It's just a challenge
((IT'S JUST A CHALLENGE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ALL TOGETHER, THAT WE'RE ALL IN
SYNC. WE KNOW THE ARRANGEMENTS... BECAUSE OUR BAND IS VERY SPONTANEOUS AND WE
LEFT THE RECORD ARRANGEMENTS A LONG TIME AGO. AND SO THESE ARE MORE LIKE THE
RECORDS, SO IT'S FUN TO GET BACK AND DO THAT AGAIN.))
SUPER=07-Bruce Hornsby; :07
OUT Q=do that again.
The Williamsburg native says he is now working on his sixth album but fans
will have to wait a while.
The album isn't due to hit the record stores until sometime next year.
IN Q=Oh who knows
((I WAS ON THE ROAD FOR TWO AND A HALF MONTHS THIS SUMMER. SO I HAD ALL THIS
TIME ON MY HANDS AND I STARTED WRITING ALL THESE SONGS. AND I LIKED WHAT I WAS
WRITING AND IT WAS STUPID NOT TO RECORD THEM... SO I'M JUST RECORDING SOME
OUT Q=recording some more.
Hornsby promised the audience in Salem, that it won't take him another nine
years to return.
If you're looking for a way to spend the weekend, how about a trip to Italy.
The four day Italian Festival kicked off last night in Lynchburg.
It features carnival rides, a midway, live entertainment and of course a
wide variety of Italian dishes.
Last year's festival was nearly wiped out by Hurricane Fran, and organizers
say they'll need some big crowds to break even this year.
IN Q=Bottom line is
((MIKE BUSCEMI/SONS OF ITALY: BOTTOM LINE IS PAYING BACK EVERYBODY FROM LAST
YEAR. THAT'S WHAT THE BOTTOM LINE IS. WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO DO IS JUST GET OUT
OF LAST YEAR AND COVER THIS YEAR AND THEN WE'RE JUST GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK
AT IT AND SEE WHAT WE WANT TO DO NEXT YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Mike Buscemi/Sons of Italy; :00
OUT Q=do next year.
City officials say events like the Italian Festival are helping to
revitalize the downtown area.
IN Q=We're so glad
((STEVIE DOVEL/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE SO GLAD TO HAVE EVERYBODY
COME DOWN AND SEE THE RIVERFRONT, IT HELPS EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO
IN DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG, YES.))
SUPER=01-Stevie Dovel/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :00
OUT Q=downtown Lynchburg, yes.
The Sons of Italy is hoping to raise enough money to build a new chapter
The festival runs through Sunday night.
It was the union's turn to give its opinion of the proposed Conrail take
"Just say no" was the message carried by rail union members rallying in
They want to increase public and political awareness of the jobs that could
be lost in the deal whereby Norfolk Southern and C-S-X "carve-up" Conrail.
IN Q=I was here
((SONNY STIMLING/PROTESTER;I WAS HERE IN 84 WHEN NORFOLK AND WESTERN AND
SOUTHERN MERGED. THE TOTAL EMPLOYMENT WAS ABOUT 40-THOUSAND IN BOTH RAILROADS
,NOW IT'S 20-THOUSAND. ROANOKE VALLY LOST ABOUT 25-THOUSAND JOBS SINCE 1984 SO
TO SOUTHERN AND NORFOLK AND WESTERN MERGE AND THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ANY
OUT Q=any different.
N-S spokeswoman Susan Terpay insists the take over will benefit this area.
She says it will actually create 188 new jobs in Roanoke.
The merger would create a single-line rail service, meaning trains would be
able to travel southeast-to-northeast without having to change rail service.
Supporters say this will increase efficiency and attract the business of
those who currently transport their goods by truck.
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The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians are tied in the race for the
American League pennant.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/MLB-FOX Sports;
Cal Ripken tied the action at Camden Yards in the second with a two-run
And later Mike Bordick drove Ripken home with a go-ahead, two-run single
in the sixth.
But Marquis Grissom pulled the Indians into the winning position by clubbing
a three-run homer in the top of the eighth.
Indians even up the series with the 5 to 4 win.
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Tar Heels coach Dean Smith ended the Rumors yesterday at a news conference
announcing his retirement.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :
The 66- year- old Smith has coached the Tar Heels for 36 years and he's the
winningest coach in College basketball history.
Smith said his health is good and he's leaving with no disputes or
disagreements with the school.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
((DEAN SMITH/RETIRES AS CAROLINA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/Retires as Carolina Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........VERY WELL."
Smith's assistant of 31 years Bill Guthridge will fill the vacated position.
It was the Lady Vikings'inaugural game in their new gym last night and
Northside celebrated by beating The Lady Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Vikings vs Cavaliers; :
The new 23-hundred seat facility was sparkling as Northside hosted Lord
Northside would take the early lead going inside to Crystal Barrett who
scores the easy put back.
But the Lady Cavaliers come right back as Kim Daughtery takes the ball
coast to coast and scores trimming the Lady Viking lead.
Northside again works the inside SUPER=34-Northside/42/Botetourt/26/;
this time Barrett misses and rebounds her own shot to score and the Lady
Vikings win it 42 to 26.
This is week seven of Friday Football Extra and here's a look at the games
we will cover tonight.
IN Q=First team
OUT Q=.....last team."
It's a big day in Buena Vista.
The city is holding a ceremony marking completion of a 19-million dollar
flood control project.
It includes a levee and flood wall, to protect downtown Buena Vista from the
Maury River when it rises.
Politicians and townspeople are on hand for the event, and we'll have more
on it tonight on News-7 at 5 and 6.
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Residents are El Paso, Texas are probably still star gazing
SUPER=03-El Paso, TX;
after a loud boom and a bright flash in the sky got their attention last night.
A meteor hit land about twenty- seven miles from the city.
It shook homes and rattled windows.
Officials at the McDonald Observatory say it's rare to see a meteor as bright
as this one in daylight hours.