Coming up next on News 7 at 11.
Police call the death of an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student a freak
Candidates for governer make a final swing through Southwest Virginia.
And we'll take a look at the power of El Nino.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Virginia Tech police are calling the death of a student who fell from the
window of her eighth floor dorm room a "freak accident."
18-year old Melinda Marie Somers was found in the grass in front of Slusher
Hall around 7 o'clock this morning by a newspaper delivery person.
A student who lives in the all-female dorm says it's almost impossible to
fall from those windows.
IN Q=Then that's
((MEREDYTH JARECKI/VA TECH FRESHMAN:THEN THAT'S WHEN I HEARD THAT THE SCREEN
WAS CUT SO I GUESS SHE JUST HAD TO SCHIMMY OUT AND FALL, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW
SHE COULD HAVE DONE IT.))
SUPER=01-Meredyth Jarecki/Va Tech Freshman;
OUT Q=done it
Virginia tech spokesman Larry Hincker says evidence indicates students had
been partying in the dorm room and alcohol may be a contributing factor to the
Hincker also says Somers' roommates were in the room at the time of the
incident, but no one was aware she fell out of the window.
Somers was a sophomore Communications major from Arlington.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed.
The early morning rain didn't put a damper on campaigning today as Democrats
and Republicans rallied in Southwest Virginia.
Supporters gathered at the Montgomery County Courthouse to help Don Beyer,
L-F Payne and Bill Dolan kick off their tour of the "Fighting Ninth."
The swing is a campaign tradition covering the southwest portion of the
Meantime the Republican ticket of Jim Gilmore, John Hager and Mark Early
shook hands this afternoon with Roanokers.
IN Q=Now remember folks
((JIM GILMORE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR:NOW REMEMBER FOLKS JUST SIX MONTHS AGO
THE PLACE WHERE WE ANNOUNCED THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
AND ANNOUNCED THAT WE WERE GOING TO CUT THE CAR TAX RIGHT HERE IN ROANOKE
OUT Q=Roanoke, VA
Beyer says Gilmore's campaign cry to cut car taxes is just a gimmick to get
IN Q=It reminds me
((DON BEYER/(D):IT REMINDS ME OF THE GUY WHO RAN FOR CLASS PRESIDENT PROMISING
NO HOMEWORK WELL REMEMBER HOW DISAPPOINTED YOU WERE WHEN YOU STILL HAD
OUT Q=had homework
The Democrats are headed to Richlands, Big Stone Gap and Clintwood tomorrow.
The Republicans are scheduled to campaign in Newport News, Fredericksburg and
Annandale on Sunday.
Evangelist Jerry Falwell
and ``Hustler'' magazine publisher Larry Flynt appeared together at the
University of Virginia today.
They participated in a panel discussion about free
Falwell sued Hustler in the 1980's over a parody ad, he won, but the Supreme
Court overturned the award.
Today, Falwell described Flynt as a ``good friend'' despite
their strong disagreements.
The warm waters of El Nino lurk along the equator and reach
from the coast of California to the coast of Chile, where winter has just
come to an end.
It was a rough one in Chile, where the El Nino effect brought more rain and
wind than any normal winter. Jonathan Freed reports from the Chilean
SUPER=03-Vina Del Mar, Chile; :00
SUPER=01-Luis Rasal/Meteorologist; 1:11
SUPER=01-Ivan Torres/Meteorological Center of Chile; 1:28
SUPER=01-Steve Anderson/Internet Publisher; 1:44
SUPER=20-Jonathan Freed; 2:11
OUT Q=for CBS News.
(LOCATOR: VINA DEL MAR, CHILE)
This is the power of El Nino.
It's an environmental force that's left parts of Chile in shambles. For much
of this past winter, El Nino severely pounded this South American country.
Record rains, massive floods, and lives lost.
(SOT: tape 3 3:08:52) "Do you blame El Nino? Yes, that's right. That's the
El Nino's wrath is worrying many on America's West Coast.
Some experts are convinced that the U-S has already seen a preview of El
Ninowith the recent Pacific storms, like Hurricane Pauline, plowing through
But other researchers aren't so sure.
Still, Californians are looking south of the equator for answers. Chile and
America's most populous state are like twin sisters in their hemispheres.
They both have long temperate coastlines on the edge of El Nino's grip.
Here in Chile, El Nino split ships in two.
Blew trees around like match sticks, and sent people running for cover.
The storms were unheard of in this country.
(SOT: Luis Rasal, Meteorologist Tape 2 /3 01:13:02 At this moment we are
suffering the El Nino effect. BUTT to 01:16:04 You can see at this moment,
the red color, the high temperature of the Pacific)
It's that high temperature band of water that is fueling El Nino. And many of
Chile's meteorologists believe the effects could be felt for up to another
(SOT: Ivan Torres, Meteorological Center of Chile Tape 1 01:08:31 In Spanish
with English dub..."Here in Chile, we're expecting the next winter, or at
least part of next winter, will be very rainy.")
He says, "Here in Chile we're expecting that at least part of next winter will
be very rainy."
That's why Americans are asking..."If it could happen to Chile, what's in
store for the U-S?"
Steve Anderson is the publisher of Chip News, Chile's only English language
(SOT: Steve Anderson, Internet Publisher " 5:05:05 Tape 5 I think you
probably have to expect the worse ... however the US is a developed country
and I think the effect of El Nino in a country like Chile is usually more
Nobody's sure if El Nino will attack America in the same way.
But Chile's experience with this Pacific weather-maker could provide a sneak
peak of how wicked our winter could be.
(FREED STANDUP CLOSE TO COME)
Wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes to class on Halloween got three Clifton Forge
teens suspended from Alleghany High School.
Principal Phil Douglas says he first thought they were dressed as ghosts,
but then saw the crosses around their
Students and parents say they were upset by the incident.
About 17 percent of the school's 870 students are black.
Eight people are dead and 17 are still missing following a landslide in
Authorities say a mass
of rocks fell on a group of houses.
The local population used ropes to clear the area before an air force
helicopter arrived with a medical team to help the many injured.
Seven people were saved from the rubble and screams could still be heard
from under the rocks.
Residents said as many as 17 people were buried in the rockslide believed to
be caused by heavy rain fall.
Local weather reports said there had been up to 19 gallons of rain per 11
square feet registered in the region on Thursday and Friday.
The FBI put the brakes on two men wanted in connection with an armored car
heist early this summer.
The two were arrested at a Fort Lauderdale hotel Friday night.
SUPER=03-Stroud, OK/June 25, 1997;
The FBI says Bobby O'Neal Negri Junior and Michael Brandon Lutz were staying
at the Doubletree Hotel for more than a month.
Negri was a Loomis-Fargo guard
suspected of stealing 2-point-7 (M) million dollars from a truck during a
breakfast stop at an Oklahoma McDonald's on June 27th.
Lutz is suspected of helping him.
The FBI says they made the arrest after receiving a tip the men were
So far, the money hasn't been recovered.
There are now three days before election day and those of you who are still
undecided can read more about the candidates on the web.
This week's edition of WebWatch has more.
IN Q=The race for
The race for the Governor's mansion continues on the web... at
Beyer97-dot-org, you can learn more about Democratic candidate Don Beyer, and
investigate his stand on the issues.
There's also a list of Beyer's newspaper endorsements.
You don't have to wait for another debate to compare candidates... just click
on over to Gilmorenet-dot-com.
Jim Gilmore also has a list of his endorsements, and his position on various
issues in the campaign.
You can also check out some of Gilmore's poll information.
To learn who and what else is on the ballot in Roanoke City, visit City-Net.
There's an on-line sample ballot to help you prepare for Tuesday, and once
you've voted, City-net has a link to the Registrar's office, which will begin
posting on-line election results about 9-pm.
Links to all these sites are located on the WebWatch page on the WDJB
website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
Tomorrow's On Record will have more on Tuesday's elections Sunday morning
Joe Dashiell will provide an election preview.
VO-PINNACLE 1020 ELECTION PROMO BOARD
And News 7 will offer comprehensive election coverage on Tuesday night.
We're planning updates throughout the evening, an hour- long special at
nine P- M, and a special edition of News 7 at Eleven.
Those interested in the Civil War will get their fill at a symposium this
weekend on Jubal Early.
The series of lectures is going on at Virginia Western Community College and
features six speakers.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
A Civil War church service and a tour of the general's boyhood home will
take place Sunday at the Jubal Early house in Franklin County.
IN Q=All of the money
((TOM PERRY/JUBAL EARLY PRESERVATION TRUST:ALL OF THE MONEY FROM THIS EVENT
GOES TO THAT. WE'RE GETTING A MATCHING GRANT FROM A LOCAL FOUNDATION AND SO
ANYTHING HERE WE RAISE IT WILL DOUBLE AND ALL THAT GOES TO THE RENOVATION
SUPER=01-Tom Perry/Jubal Early Preservation Trust
OUT Q=renovation work.
The Jubal Early Preservation Trust's goal is to raise 10 to 20-thousand
dollars for preserving his home.
Halloween is behind us, and that means October is too.
What should we expect for November?
Patrick Evans has the answer in the this month's Almanac.
IN Q=nat sound music
OUT Q=News 7 weather
SUPER=330-Showers With/Storms Possible/48-52/Showers Early/Then Partly
SUPER=331-Clouds, Showers/Storms Possible/48-52/Showers, Then/Partly
SUPER=332-Periods/Of Rain/45-50/Showers Early/Partial Clearing/54-58;
SUPER=333-Showers &/Storms/48-50/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/55-60;
Virginia Tech used a strong ground game and three Shane Graham field goals
to beat Alabama-Birmingham 37 to nothing at Lane Stadium this afternoon.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Blazers; :00
SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/37/UAB/0/; :40
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :50
OUT Q=......conference game."
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/ESPN; :
West Virginia and Syracuse hooked up in the Big East game of the week at the
The Orangemen scored first when Donovan McNabb escapes the Mountaineer rush
and hooks up with Kaseem Sinceno on the 18 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to
But the Mountaineers answered in SUPER=36-Syracuse//West Virginia//;the
second quarter. Marc Bulger goes to the air and hits Chad Wable on the 2 yard
touchdown pass but Syracuse wins it 40 to 10.
Virginia quarterback Aaron Brooks ran for two and passed for two touchdowns
to lead Virginia to a 45 to nothing win over Maryland.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/JP SPORTS; :
The first half was all Virginia quarterback Aaron Brooks on this play he
hits Germaine Crowell on the 13 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing
Cavaliers in the first quarter.
Brooks scored on a 7 yard run then he fakes the camera man and the Maryland
defense on this play and races down the sideline for the 59 yard touchdown to
make it 21 to nothing Cavaliers with three minutes left in the second quarter.
Trailing 31 to nothing early in the third, Maryland puts it in the air and
completes this pass but its fumbled on the hit and Joe Williams recovers it at
the 28 yard line of the Terps.
Several plays later Brooks rolls SUPER=36-Virginia/45/Maryland/0/;out
and hooks up with Kevin Coffey on the 8 yard touchdown strike to make it 38 to
nothing and the Cavaliers beat the Terps 45 to Nothing.
In Division III football, Emory & Henry and Ferrum met At Adams Stadium in a
fight for state bragging rights.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Wasps vs. Panthers; :00
Panther Pride was at it's highest in over a year as the cats came into
their homecoming game with a 4 and 4 record.
Neither team managed to score ibn the first hal in a battle that became a
Ferrum would strike first in the third quarter. Panther freshman Cody
Smith, a regular on defense, takes a snap on the offensive side of the ball and
it pays off for Ferrum as he goes around the right side for a 69 yard touchdown
gallop. 7-nothing Panthers.
The wasps got on the scoreboard on the very next possesion of the game as
SUPER=34-Emory & Henry/13/Ferrum/10;
Andrew Hockett splits the up rights and Emory & Henry trailed 7-3.
After a Ferrum Field goal; the wasps tied the game at 10 all on Henry
Fitzgerald's long touchdown run on the reverse down the right side line and we
are headed for overtime.
Finally in the 4th OT, after each team failed three times, Hockett boots a 20
yarder as Emory & Henry survives a 3 and a half hour marathon against Ferrum to
IN Q="I really
((LOU WACKER/EMORY & HENRY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lou Wacker/Emory & Henry Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...played real well"
Liberty knocked off 19th- ranked Cal- Poly San Luis Obispo in Lynchburg
this afternoon 49 to 32.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Flames vs Mustangs; :
A little chalk talk early on for Liberty's offensive line..
In the second quarter, L-U's offense starts to click... Ben Anderson looking
to go deep.. he finds Courtney Freeman down the right side line... Freeman
takes it 42 yards into the end zone.. 7 to 3 Liberty.
Five minutes later, L-U up 14-3 and Craig Young takes the handoff, bounces
off a couple of tacklers and races 20 yards for the score to bring the Mustangs
within a field goal, 14-11.
Liberty had an answer for everything though, third quarter, Anderson dumps
SUPER=36-Liberty/49/Cal Poly/32/;it off to Robert Butz on the slant over the
middle.. he beats everyone to the end zone...Flames with the big upset this
afternoon, 49- 32.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
The big upset happened in Gainesville this afternoon.
Robert Edwards ran for four touchdowns as Georgia beat Florida for the
first time in 8 years 37 to 17.
Now here's the rest of the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/VMI/0/j/Western Carolina/24///j/Virginia Tech#23/37//UAB/0///;
SUPER=0101-j/Virginia/45//Maryland/0///j/Emory & Henry/13//Ferrum/10//4
SUPER=0101-j/William & Mary/0/j/Delaware/14///j/Liberty/49//Cal
SUPER=0101-j/Howard/32//Norfolk St./24////Bridgewater/10/j/W & L/22///;
SUPER=0101-/N.C. State/35/j/Florida St.#3/48///j/Clemson/33//Wake
SUPER=0101-j/Tennessee#8/22//South Carolina/7///j/Ohio St.#9/37//Michigan
SUPER=0101-/Washington St.#10/0//Arizona St.#20/7/1///Auburn#11/0/j/Miss.
SUPER=0101-j/UCLA#12/27//Stanford/7///j/Kansas St./13//Texas Tech/2///;
OUT Q=....last score."
SUPER=X5048 (loads tease FX)
SUPER=X5045 (starts tease FX)
And coming up, Davis Love the third has a shot at winning the P-G-A money
title Liberty University head basketball coach Jeff Meyer turns in his whistle.
And the Roanoke Express was going for its second straight win at the
SUPER=X5041 (clears tease FX)
The Roanoke Express was looking to win its second straight game at the
Roundhouse tonight as the Raleigh Icecaps came to town.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
The Zamboni smoothing the ice before tonight's opening faceoff.
The Express would get it going when Todd Norman centers this pass to Tim
Christian who scores and Roanoke led 1 to nothing.
The Icecaps strike back Bryan Forslund picks up the loose puck and fires
into the net to tie the score at 1 to 1 in the first period.
In the second period, Roanoke's SUPER=38-Roanoke//Raleigh//;Dave Trembley
gets it to his brother J.F. who scores to goal to make it 2 to 1 and the
Express wins 5 to 4 in a shootout.
Liberty Head basketball coach Jeff Meyer is hanging up his whistle and moving
to the front office at the University.
The University's Director of Athletics Kim Graham announced today that Meyer
has accepted a position in Administration as an assistant to the President.
He will work in a number of areas involving athletics.
Liberty Assistant Randy Dunton will serve as interim head coach while the
University begins a search for a new coach.
IN Q="I understand...
((REV. JERRY FALWELL: ))
SUPER=07-Rev. Jerry Falwell; :00
OUT Q=....stay out."
Davis Love the Third is in position to win this Year's P-G-A money title.
If Love, Who is tied for the lead, can win tomorrow and Tiger Woods finishes
out of the Top 10 the title is his. Tiger is 7 shots back but Love shares the
lead with Brad Faxon, David Duval.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/KHOU; :
And Bill Glasson who chips in for birdie on this hole is also in the group
tied for the lead.
Glasson, Playing on a Medical Exemption, had six birdies and three bogeys
in his round.