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stormy weather causes a plane to crash and all passengers and crew members
The damage is widespread and the clean-up is slow in Mexico following
And, some scientists say there may be some benefits to tobacco.
News 7 is next.
74 people died when an Argentine airliner crashed last night.
The plane crashed during stormy weather in the neighboring country of
Airline officials say the plane changed course to try and avoid the storm.
A short time later it crashed in swampy farmland and exploded.
All 69 passengers, and 5 crew members were killed in the crash.
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In Acapulco, the cleanup has begun after Hurricane Pauline caused massive
And Mexico's President saw the devastation for the first time, first hand.
Reporter Nina Martinez of CBS Radio has this report.
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OUT Q=Acapulco, Mexico.
The combination of alcohol and a gun seriously injured a college student
early this morning according to
the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators say 19-year-old John Swartz called 9-1-1 saying he'd
accidentally shot his friend.
When rescue workers arrived they found 20-year-old Samuel Parshall of
Spotsylvania with a gun shot wound to the head.
Parshall is in intensive care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Apparently Parshall, a James Madison University student, was in Montgomery
County visiting Swartz.
Investigators say both had been drinking and handling the gun.
No charges have been filed.
The countdown will continue for Monday's launch of the controversial Cassini
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
A federal judge denied a motion to stop the launch this afternoon.
The ship is fueled by 72 pounds of plutonium in a Radioisotope
Thermoelectric Generator, or R-T-G. Environmentalists are afraid the
radioactive fuel could leak if there's an accident and the probe falls back to
NASA says there's no danger.
IN Q=RTG's were
BEVERLY COOK/DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY; RTG'S WERE DESIGNED FOR ACCIDENT CONDITIONS.
WE'VE DESIGNED THEM, WE'VE TESTED THEM, WE'VE ANALYZED FOR IT, WE'VE GONE
THROUGH A LENGTHY REVIEW PROCESS AND IN FACT THESE ARE VERY SAFE TO USE.
DR. WESLEY HUNTRESS/NASA; IT'S SIMPLY THE ONLY WAY WE CAN POWER OUR SPACECRAFT
ELECTRICALLY, PRETTY MUCH BEYOND MAR'S ORBIT. ))
SUPER=01-Beverly Cook/Dept. Of Energy;
SUPER=01-Wesley Huntress/NASA; :13
OUT Q=Mar's orbit
The ship is designed to travel out around Venus, then swing back around
earth to build up momentum for a trip to Jupiter and Saturn.
The Franklin County School System is entering the new millenium with the
latest tools of the trade.
Today dignitaries and the public dedicated a state of the art facility.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./September 30;
At the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration students have
the latest computers and up to date lab equipment at their fingertips.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction says this is the type of
education that will increase students' options.
Richard LaPointe says an education should allow room for growth and help
students keep pace in an ever changing world.
Eighth grade Franklin County students attend the center on a rotating basis.
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As the battle against smoking rages on... one group of scientists is
singing the praises of the tobacco plant.
Reporter Wendy Rigby tells us why they say nicotine isn't all bad.
IN Q=Tobacco in your
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
SUPER=01-Christopher Flores/Pain Neuroscientist;
Some say they've been a long time coming... but they're finally here.
Beginning this week, hundreds of warning signs are going up along the rivers in
eastern North Carolina, warning people about the dangers of fish kills.
Ryan Deal reports.
SUPER=01-Debbie Crane/Health and Human Services; :16
SUPER=20-Ryan Deal; :23
The State of North Carolina says these signs are temporary and the
permanent ones will be put up during the winter.
New police officers were taking radar on Peters Creek Road this afternoon.
And if you thought they looked a little young or old you were right.
The Roanoke County Police Department put radar guns in the hands of citizens
no matter what their age.
The fourth annual Open House allows people to see the inner-workings of the
police station, including DRIVING a patrol car.
The event is a part of the department's public education program, and some
were surprised at the different elements involved in just driving the cruiser.
IN Q=IT'S NOT AS
((SANDRA MAXWELL/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: IT'S NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS. I
EXPECTED IT TO BE HARD TO HANDLE BUT IT'S NOT. IT'S FUN TO HEAR ALL THE
DIFFERENT SOUNDS WHEN YOU HIT THE HORN. IT CHANGES ALL THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS AND
YOU GET ALL THOSE WEIRD NOISES. IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY
HAVE TO DO TO KEEP THEIR MINDS ON THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS AT ONE TIME IN
SUPER=01-Sandra Maxwell/Roanoke Co. Resident;
OUT Q=IN THAT CAR
Citizens also got a peak at some familiar equipment that's new to the
County police officers have been patrolling the Tanglewood Mall area on
bicycles for months now.
The K-9 officers are always a big draw.
But most importantly the emphasis is on having fun and building a bridge of
Taxes planned for the Internet may be on hold for now.
And, a few clicks on the Internet can get you a view of some fall foliage.
More now in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Two congressional
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :22-quick
SUPER=01-Tim Russo/College Student; :26-quick
Two congressional subcommittees have passed resolutions putting a hold on
any new taxes on Internet access or computer transactions.
The bills would suspend any new taxes for six years while Congress considers
whether an additional Internet taxes are justified.
Increasing Internet traffic is frustrating college students, trying to work
on their education on-line.
IN Q=It's slow
((TIM RUSSO/COLLEGE STUDENT; IT'S SLOW, PRETTY MUCH JUST HARD TO GET WHAT
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.))
OUT Q=looking for
The answer... Internet2, a high speed data network, linking more than 100
schools with blinding speed.
IN Q=It will allow you
((COLLEGE PROFESSOR; IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO RECIEVE TRANSMISSIONS FASTER, IT WILL
ALLOW YOU TO RECIEVE MOVIE CLIPS, AUDIO CLIPS, VOICE AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL
OUT Q=traditional data
30 colleges are expected to be on-line on Internet2 by the end of the year.
If you're looking forward to the full bloom of fall color, visit the Blue
Ridge Parkway's Virtual Visitor Center.
The center will tell you when the leaves are expected to peak at various
points along the parkway, and explain why the leaves change color in the first
A list of Parkway trees and their corresponding colors will tell you what
you're looking at.
To begin your fall excursion, visit the WebWatch page on the WDBJ website,
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is offering a trip back in history.
And The 1997 Roanoke Railway Festival is the ticket that will get you there.
This weekend you can see what part Virginia's railroads played in the Civil
A fife and drum corp sent people back to Civil War days with each note and
Inside the museum a one woman show portraying the life of Harriet Tubman
taught visitors about the underground railroad and the sacrifices African-
Americans made for freedom.
Civil War and railroad memorabilia was everywhere for viewing and buying.
IN Q=WE FELT LIKE THIS
((KAY HOUCK/ VA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS A NEAT THING
TO CELEBRATE. MANY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS DON'T KNOW WE PLAYED A ROLE IN THE
CIVIL WAR. THERE WERE ACTUALLY BIG BATTLES FOUGHT HERE, THE HANGING ROCK
BATTLEFIELD ATTESTS TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Virginia Museum of Transportation;
OUT Q=ATTESTS TO THAT.
The festival continues tomorrow with story telling, bus tours to the Jubal
Early Homeplace, music and lectures on "Civil War Railroads."
The fun starts at noon.
In Vinton, Bluegrass is always in season.
And when there's a concert, there's a crowd.
SOT night music at end of tape before last interview
IN Q=nat sot music
The Craig County Boys warmed up the crowd on this beautiful autumn night.
Organizers of the first Fall Concert and Craft Show say this event is
special because three organizations teamed up to create an evening of family
The Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club lined up the music, the Vinton Blue Grass
Festival Committee served up a meal and Vinton Special Programs entertained the
But a bluegrass concert is nothing new to the town.
IN Q=THIS IS THE
((MARY BETH LAYMAN/SPECIAL PROGRAMS COORD.: THIS IS THE FOURTH CONCERT WE'VE
HAD IN VINTON AND WE HAVE A REAL NICE FOLLOWING. THE ROANOKE FIDDLE AND BANJO
CLUB HELPS ADVERTISE IT SO WE HAVE QUITE A FEW FOLKS COME FROM THE CLUBS AS
WELL AS OTHER FOLKS WHO HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Mary Beth Layman/Special Programs Coord.;
OUT Q=HEARD ABOUT IT
Layman says this is probably the area's first after-dark craft show.
She says this is harvest season and the Town of Vinton always like to
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Al Clark passed for one and ran 42 yards for another touchdown to lead the
Virginia Tech Hokies to a 17 to 7 win over Boston College.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Eagles; :
The Hokies came on to Worsham Field looking to pick up an important
conference win against the Eagles.
Boston College looked strong early as Mike Hemmert caps a 7 play drive with
this one yard touchdown dive to give the Eagles a 7 to nothing lead.
The Hokies would fight back and ties things at 7 early in the second
quarter as Al Clark connects with Angelo Harrison for a 50 yard touchdown play
to make it 7 to 7.
The Hokies would look for more and move the ball into scoring range as
Lamont Pegues goes over the right end for 28 yards to the B-C 39.
That set up this 20 yard Shane Graham field goal and the Hokies led 10 to 7
at the half.
Clark would cap the Hokies victory SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/17/Boston
College/7/;when he takes off down the sideline and scores from 42 yards out to
give the Hokies the 17 to 7 Big East win.
IN Q=First audio
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Tech Quarterback; :12
OUT Q=......get it."
Aaron Brooks threw a pair of second half touchdowns as the Virginia
Cavaliers came from behind to beat Clemson at Death Valley 21 to 7.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/ESPN2; :
George Welsh on the sideline as the Cavaliers and Tigers were scoreless in
the first quarter.
Virginia defensive end Shannon Taylor of Roanoke led the defense in the
first half here he picks up his second straight sack with 12 minutes left in
the second quarter.
Clemson would get on the scoreboard SUPER=36-Virginia/21/Clemson/7/;just
before the half Jarvis Austin takes the handoff and goes up the middle but the
Cavaliers win it 21 to 7.
In Lexington this afternoon at U-T Chattanooga beat the Keydets in a close
one 27 to 24.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs Mocs; :
It was parents weekend in Lexington and members of the 1977 Southern
Conference championship team and its coach Bob Thalman were back on post for a
IN Q=First audio
((BOB THALMAN/COACHED CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: ))
SUPER=01-Bob Thalman/Coached Championship Team; :
OUT Q=.......their life."
But Chattanooga would try spoil the celebration early in the first quarter
as Brian Hampton goes to the air and hits Stefpon Hawkins who picks up the 38
yard touchdown as the Mocs led 7 to nothing.
Later in the first quarter, V-M-I would get on the board as Mike Harris
boots a 40 yard field goal as the Keydets cut the lead to 4.
V-M-I would take the lead early in SUPER=36-UT-Chattanooga/27/VMI/24/;
the second quarter when Al Lester connects with Richard Holland on the 21 yard
touchdown pass play but V-M-I comes up short 27 to 24.
Ferrum blew too many opportunities today as the Panthers lost a heart
breaking 28-to-22 double overtime decision to Guilford.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Guilford vs. Ferrum; :00
The Panthers touched the "Magic Rock" as they came on the field, but both
team opened the game like they had been rubbing their hands in a tub of butter.
The two school committed six turnovers in the first 8 minutes of the game.
The only points of the first half came when the Ferrum defense led by
linebacker J.P. Puryear slammed
Marques Williams in the endzone for a safety.
It looked like a Panther baseball game with Ferrum on top 2-to-nothing at
Guilford look the lead in the third quarter as Danny Strelkauskas hit Bryan
Porter with this short TD pass. 7-to-2 Quakers.
But Ferrum quarterback Brandon Rimes ripped off an 89 yard run to open the
He then scored on fourth down from
the 2 to give Ferrum the lead.
But the Panthers lose it 28-to-22 in double overtime.
S-W & L
GRAPHIC=W & L Football
Christian Batcheller threw a school record 4 touchdowns as Washington and
Lee beat Davidson 32 to 22.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Generals vs Wildcats; :
It was Homecoming at Washington and lee and the Generals were looking for
their first win of the season.
The Generals would get on the board early in the second quarter as Matt
Holbrook kicks this 35 yard field goal to make it 7 to 3 Davidson.
then with over 2 minutes left in the first half W & L would score again
this time Christian Batcheller hooks up with Scott Humphrys for the 4 yard
touchdown the Generals trailed 14 to 11.
W & L would take the lead just SUPER=36-Washington &
Lee/32/Davidson/22/;before the half as Batcheller scrambles and throws the
ball to J.T. Malatesta who scores from 13 Yards out as W & L goes on to win 32
A big upset tonight in College Football as L-S-U knocks off the top ranked
Gators of Florida.
For all the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0101-j/Emory & Henry/33//Hamp.-Sydney/10////JMU/25/j/William &
SUPER=0101-/Norfolk State/19/j/S. Carolina
SUPER=0101-j/Bowie St./32//Elizabeth City/26///j/Georgia Tech#25/24//N.C.
SUPER=0101-j/Florida St.#4/51//Duke/27////Wake Forest/12/j/UNC#5/30///;
SUPER=0101-/Florida#1/21/j/LSU#14/28///j/Penn St.#2/31//Ohio St.#7/27///;
SUPER=0101-j/Texas A&M#15/56//Iowa St./17////Stanford#16/7//Arizona/7/2//;
OUT Q=....last score."
Game three of the American League Championship series ended on a passed ball
and Cleveland slips by Baltimore 2 to 1 in 12 innings.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
The series was tied at 1 to 1 as the two teams took the field.
It was a scoreless game until the seventh inning that's when Indian third
baseman Matt Williams singles scoring a runner to make it 1 to nothing Indians.
Baltimore tied it on an outfield error in the ninth then in the bottom
SUPER=35-Cleveland/2/Baltimore/1/;of the 12-th Omar Vizquel squared around to
bunt on the squeeze play he missed and the ball got by catcher Lenny Webster
Marquis Grissom scores from third and Cleveland wins it 2 to 1.
In Miami, The Braves and Marlins took the field at Pro Player Stadium with
Florida leading the series 2 to 1.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Leading 1 to nothing Atlanta's Andrew Jones hits a line drive single to left
centerfield scoring Chipper Jones to make the score 2 to nothing Braves in the
top of the third.
Then in the fifth inning Atlanta's SUPER=35-Atlanta/4/Florida/0/;Jeff
Blauser gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo
homer the Braves led 3 to nothing and Atlanta wins it 4 to Nothing.
Two Days after an outside investigation turned up three minor violations in
the basketball program
The University of Michigan fired head coach Steve Fisher.
Fisher took over the program before the start of the 1989 season and led the
Wolverines to the national championship.
He also took Michigan to the title game in 1992 and 1993.
Assistant Brian Ellerbe will conduct practice until a new coach is found.