Up next on News 7 at 11...
It's more than a new piece of pavement... this bridge could mean a lot to
one Roanoke community.
Virginia's Attorney General creates a task force to fight college alcohol
And who would kick a little old lady off a bus? Greyhound... we'll tell you
News 7 at 11 is next.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke officials bridged the gap between two distinct parts of the city
The controversial Second Street Bridge is complete.
Now people who live in the Gainsboro community are waiting to see what
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=I USE TO
SUPER=02-Rev. Ron Marsh; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 1995; :31
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Public Works Dir.; :48
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=BUT TO ME
((REV. RON MARSH: BUT TO ME THAT'S PRESERVATION OF THAT SPOT WHEN I CAN
REMEMBER THE OLD YMCA SITTING THERE AND THE OLD BRICK WALKWAY, STANDING THERE
AS A KID BEFORE DAY BREAK WAITING TO GO TO YMCA CAMP.))
OUT Q=TO YMCA CAMP
Ron Marsh has seen Gainsboro change a great deal over the years, but
ultimately he feels the new bridge will help bring the community back to life.
But that hasn't been the sentiment of some people in the area.
Residents spoke out against the project during the planning stages, saying
the new road was government's way of taking another slice of their historic
community and that the project would cut the neighborhood in two.
So developers took extra care in the finishing touches of the project.
IN Q=WE TRIED TO MAKE
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIR.: WE TRIED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS A UNIQUE PROJECT,
THE EXTRA LANDSCAPING AND THE BRICK WALKWAYS AND THE DISTINCTIVE LIGHT POLLS ON
OUT Q=POLLS ON THE BRIDGE
Gainsboro is Roanoke's oldest neighborhood.
In its hey day the thriving black community had it's own institutions,
businesses and leaders.
But urban renewal projects and the growth of suburbs contributed to the
demise of the neighborhood.
Marsh says he sees good things ahead.
IN Q=WE CAN THINK
((WE CAN THINK ABOUT ALL THE SEPARATION BUT WHEN I THINK OF BRIDGE I THINK
JOINING TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE TO
LOOK AT THIS BRIDGE HAS JOINING TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=AS JOINING TOGETHER
Officials say the new boulevard creates easier access to downtown.
Those involved with the celebration hope it helps bridge a gap between the
old and the new.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The progress in Gainsboro is just a chapter in the story of revitalizing
neighborhoods in northwest Roanoke.
Vacant lots and substandard housing have become the norm in parts of
northwest as longtime residents have died or moved away.
IN Q=Everybody knew everybody
((WILLIAM TABORN/NORTHWEST ROANOKE RESIDENT: EVERYBODY KNEW EVERYBODY.
PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY HAS DIED. I WAS TELLING SOMEBODY LAST NIGHT, THERE'S NOT
BUT THREE PEOPLE LIVING ON HARRISON AVENUE THAT WAS STILL LIVING WHEN I WAS A
SUPER=01-William Taborn/Northwest Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=when I was a child.
TAKE FULL SCREEN LIVE/PROMO BOARD
This week, we'll hear more from William Taborn (TAY-born) and other
residents... as they discuss the problems and potential of their neighborhood.
Our series, Northwest Passages, starts Monday on News 7 at Six.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
According to the Virginia Housing Development Authority affordable and safe
housing are scarce in Virginia.
During the next three days more than 700 vendors will discuss the issue at
the Governor's Housing conference at the Hotel Roanoke.
IN Q=In Fact there
((KATHLEEN O'ROURK/VA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: IN FACT THERE IS STILL A
GREAT DEAL OF SUBSTANDARD HOUSING AND ONE REASON WHY THIS IS THE LARGEST IN THE
NATION IS WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN PUTTING TOGETHER FOLKS FROM PRIVATE AND
PUBLIC SECTORS SO THEY CAN OFFER AFFORABLE HOUSING TO PEOPLE WHO OTHER WISE
THINK THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT.))
SUPER=01-Kathleen O'Rourke/VA Housing Development Authority;
OUT Q=able to afford it
The Governor's Conference runs through Tuesday.
It's is part of an urban revitalization initiative and the goal is to
improve housing and economic opportunities throughout the state.
The mother of septuplets in Iowa will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving at
Bobbi McCaughey was scheduled to be released from the hospital today.
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The head of the hospital also announced today a second baby, the one who was
originally in critical condition, is much better.
IN Q=and I'm very
((AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT AS OF A LITTLE WHILE AGO, JOEL HAS BEEN
TAKEN OFF THE RESPIRATOR AND IS ALSO LISTED IN FAIR CONDITION. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Alexander/Iowa Methodist Medical Center;
OUT Q=in fair condition
A family spokesperson had a message for the media... go home.
IN Q=Bobbi and Kenny
((BOBBI AND KENNY AND THE FAMILY WILL NOT BE MAKING ANY MORE COMMENTS UNTIL
AFTER THANKSGIVING, WE HOPE THAT YOU CAN GO HOME AND ENJOY THANKSGIVING WITH
YOUR FAMILIES. ))
SUPER=01-Marlys Popma/Family Spokesperson;
OUT Q=with your families
The rest of the babies are still listed in serious condition, but the doctor
says they're doing well.
Astronauts will be playing catch with a malfunctioning satellite tomorrow.
Earthbound astronauts were working out the details underwater.
Two members of the shuttle crew will space walk into the cargo bay, strap on
foot restraints and try to grab the satellite as they fly by.
IN Q=we want to
(( WE WANT TO RETRIEVE A VALUABLE SCIENTIFIC SATELLITE, FOR FUTURE FLIGHTS,
FUTURE USE, WHATEVER AND WE HAVE THE CABILITY TO DO IT, WE CAN DO IT WITHOUT
IMPACTING THE OTHER PAYLOADS ON THE FLIGHT WITH VIRTUALLY NO RISK. IT'S
SOMETHING THAT THE PROGRAM OUGHT TO GO DO.))
OUT Q=to go do
The Spartan satellite is designed to study the sun, but it malfunctioned
when it was released Friday.
Astronauts tried to grab it with the shuttle's robot arm, but accidentally
started it spinning.
When the newscast continues-- we'll find out about a new toilet system being
installed on Norfolk Southern trains..
Also the President plays down reports of problems surrounding the financial
markets in Asia and refuses to change his positions on a land mine treaty.
That's coming up next when the newscast continues.
President Clinton says recent problems in Asian financial markets are
nothing more than "little glitches".
The President met with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien (zhahn
kreh-TYEN) at the Asia Pacific Economic Conference summit.
He says he's optimistic about the future of Asia's economy, but adds they
have to work together to stablize markets in that region.
IN Q=this is a time
((PRESIDENT CLINTON; THIS IS A TIME FOR CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF ASIA AND
CONFIDENCE IN THE
FUTURE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM. WE HAVE A FEW LITTLE GLITCHES IN THE
ROAD HERE, WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THEM ))
OUT Q=working through them
The two men say they haven't discussed the international land mine treaty,
which Chretien is pushing and Clinton won't sign.
Chretien said he'll continue putting "gentle pressure" on the president.
First Union is banking on becoming the East coast's largest financial
institution, with a historical purchase.
And Norfolk Southern trains are getting 21st-century toilets.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business
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It's the biggest banking deal in United States history.
First Union is buying Philadelphia-based CoreStates Financial for 16-billion
dollars in stock.
The buyout makes First Union the East coast's biggest bank.
Pulaski Community and Alleghany Regional are on the list of hospitals likely
to separate from Columbia H-C-A.
The health-care giant plans to spin off 100 hospitals to create smaller, more
In Danville, the Goodyear plant is losing 100-jobs.
It's the first round of cuts since union workers voted against a seven-day
Thirty-nine jobs are leaving Roanoke County's Ingersoll-Rand plant.
All the cuts affect upper-level management.
In Hillsville, Sara Lee's sewing plant is getting a new owner and a new name.
Almost all of the plant's 510-workers will stay there after the plant becomes
the Hillsville Apparel Corporation.
Norfolk Southern workers were relieved to hear the railroad is chucking its
dry-hopper waste disposal system.
The railroad says chemical or flush toilets will take the place of plastic
bags onboard its locomotives.
DJIA pre pro
Wall Street has now officially recovered from last month's tumble.
The Dow added 309 points this week.
The Nasdaq picked up 37.
And that's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
A multi-million dollar lottery ticket in the Big Game was purchased in
Virginia this week, making it the first time a winning ticket for the
multi-state lottery came from the Commonwealth.
The Big Game is a lottery involving six states including the Commonwealth.
According to Lottery spokesman Ed Scarborough the ticket was sold at a Zip
Mart in Richmond and is worth 15 million dollars.
After taxes, of course, the winner will get 510-thousand dollars every year
for 20 years.
Could teenage drivers be ticketed for driving after dark?
That's one of the ideas the state is considering to cut down on the number of
accidents involving young drivers.
use file Teen-Drivers 96-49; Teen-Drivers 96-50;
People from 15 to 20 years old make up nearly 7 percent of licensed drivers,
but account for 14 percent of the motorists involved in fatal car wrecks.
Studies show that most of those accidents happen at night.
Limiting night driving is one of the provisions state officials are
considering as part of a "graduated licensing" law.
Four dead college students in the past 30 days motivated Attorney General
Richard Cullen to set up a task force on college alcohol abuse.
Three victims were from the New River Valley.
VO-NAT tape 97-66 Student-Death
Melinda Somer's blood alcohol was nearly three times the legal limit when
fell from her Virginia Tech dorm window Halloween night.
Students from Tech, Radford, and V-C-U have died in alcohol-related car
accidents over the past month.
Cullen's task force is made up of police officers, college presidents,
students and parents.
The Redskins squared off against the Giants tonight--Roy Stanley will be
here in a few minutes with the highlights.
And, the SPCA says if you're making a Christmas list, check it twice if you
plan to adopt a pet as a Christmas present.
While the furry friends are cute and cuddly around the holidays, they're a
handful of responsibility.
That story is coming up when the news continues.
Rescue workers in Rockbridge County say they can provide better service by
They've started the Regional Central Dispatch Center, pulling together 11
Volunteer Fire Departments and five rescue squads.
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IN Q=Just this past
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: JUST THIS PAST WEEK, THIS WEEK--TOOK THE
BIG STEP OF HIRING OUR FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WHO'S JOB IT WILL BE TO
ACTUALLY PUT THIS CONSOLIDATED CENTER TOGETHER AND PURCHASE THE EQUIPMENT,
OUTFIT THE DISPATCHERS AND HIRE THE DISPATCHERS AND ALL THAT SORT OF STUFF.
WE'RE REALLY QUITE EXCITED ABOUT IT. THAT'S A BIG STEP FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL
SUPER=01-Jon Ellestad/Lexington City Mgr.
OUT Q=for intergovernmental cooperation.
Ellestad says the consolidation has been in the planning stages since 1992.
The new center will improve the level of service by allowing localities to
share in expenses and responsibilities.
Pets can bring us happiness, but cats and dogs don't make good Christmas
gifts if the receiver is not prepared for the responsibility.
The S-P-C-A is encouraging people to think carefully about giving pets as
use file PETS 97-11, SPCA 95-80;
A center manager says the number of adoptions usually drops off in November
then picks back up in the weeks just before Christmas.
The S-P-C-A says too often those who give the pets as presents assume the
recipient will take on the responsibility of caring for it.
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IN Q=We don't really
((TERRI WIERINGA/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SPCA: WE DON'T REALLY ENCOURAGE IT. WE HAVE
SOME THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED OUT A WEEK OR SO BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THEY COME
BACK AND USUALLY, I'M NOT SAYING ALL OF THEM BUT WE USUALLY TRY TO ENCOURAGE
PEOPLE TO GET GIFT CERTIFICATES.))
SUPER=01-Terri Wieringa/Rockbridge Co. SPCA;
OUT Q=get gift certificates.
The gift certificates give the recipient time to think it over.
They can pick up the pet on reserve for them, pick up a different pet, or
decide it's not really a good idea.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/30-35/Partly Sunny/Gusty Winds/40-43;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/& Windy/23-28/Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/33-37;
SUPER=333-Snow Showers/Possible/25-30/Cloudy & Windy/With Some Flurries/32-37;
SUPER=334-Clouds, Wind &/Some Snow Showers/21-26/Clouds, Wind &/Some
The Washington Redskins and New York Giants were playing for First place in
the N-F-C East last night at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/ESPN; :
The Redskin defense made a big play late in the second quarter Ken Harvey
hits Giant quarterback Danny Kanell he fumbles and the Skins recover with good
Several plays later Gus Frerotte rolls out on the play action he tucks it
in and scores from four yards out and the Redskins took the 7 to nothing lead.
Frerotte jamed his neck running into the wall he was taken to the hospital and
Washington turned it over on a Jeff Hostettler interception and Kanell
SUPER=30-Washington//N.Y. Giants//;comes back he throws a bullet to Chris
Calloway to tie the game at 7 to 7 at the half and ____ wins the game ___ to
The Carolina Panthers are back playing 500 ball after yesterday afternoon's
16 to 10 win over the St. Louis Rams.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
Carolina coach Dom Capers checks the action from the sideline.
In the second quarter the Panthers turn it over. Kerry Collins drops back
and fumbles the ball its picked up by Leslie O'Neal who takes in for the 66
yard touchdown to make it 7 to nothing Rams.
But Collins would come right back this time he goes to the air and hits
Rocket Ismail on the 59 yard touchdown pass play and the game was tied at 7 to
7 in the second quarter.
The Panthers broke the tie in the SUPER=30-Carolina/16/St.
Louis/10/;third when John Kasay Boots the 53 yard field goal to make it 13 to
10 and Carolina wins it 16 to 10.
Brett Favre passed for four touchdowns and Dorsey Levens rushed for a
franchise record 190 yards in a 45 to 17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/FOX SPORTS; :
Favre warming up on the sideline before the game.
And with 5 minutes left in the first quarter he hits Dorsey Levens over the
middle for the 7 yard touchdown pass play to make it 7 to nothing.
But the Cowboys come right back. Deion Sanders makes the move and
intercepts the Favre pass and returns it 50 yards for the Touchdown and the
score was tied at 10 to 10 at the half.
Favre hooked up with tight end Mark SUPER=30-Green
Bay/45/Dallas/17/;Chmura on 2 touchdown passes in the second half this 4
yarder made it 17to 10 and the Packers win it 45 to 17.
New England returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the last two
minutes before the half and held on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27 to 24.
SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA/NBC SPORTS; :
Jimmy Johnson walking to the Dolphins bench before the game.
The Patriots took the early lead when Dave Megett puts the ball in the air
on the half back pass hitting Troy Brown who scores from 35 yards out making it
10 to 3 New England.
Larry Whigham returned an interception for a 60 yard touchdown
SUPER=30-New England/27/Miami/24/;then on Miami's next possession Jimmy
Hitchcock steps in front of this Dan Marino pass and returns it 100 yards for
the score and the Patriots win it 27 to 24.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
At the Vet, The Steelers get ready for cross town rivals the Philadelphia
Third string quarterback Bobby Hoying completed 15 of 31 passes for 246
yards as the Eagles knock off the Steelers.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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SUPER=0100-/Tampa Bay/7/j/Chicago/13////Carolina/16//St. Louis/10///;
SUPER=0100-/San Diego/10/j/San Francisco/17////N.Y. Giants///Washington////;
OUT Q=....last score."
Mike Ditka is having second thoughts about returning to the N-F-L to coach
the New Orleans Saints.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
After the Saints lost to the Falcons this afternoon Ditka said he doesn't
have it anymore.
He said he's failed to instill passion in his team and that he would
probably quit if the Saints fail to turn things around. New Orleans is 4 and
IN Q="I just don't
((MIKE DITKA/SAINTS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Ditka/Saints Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.....games all about."
If the Polls have anything to do with Virginia Tech getting the Big East's
Alliance Bowl spot the Hokies are hanging by a thin piece of thread.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/KDKA; :
Yesterday in Pittsburgh, Pete Gonzalez passed for four touchdowns to lead
the Panthers to a 30 to 23 win over the Hokies.
The loss knocked the Hokies out of the A-P top 25 and dropped them to 21-st
in the U-S-A ESPN poll 5 spots behind Syracuse. Syracuse is also 16-th in the
Tech is 7 and 3 overall and 5 and 2 in the Big East.
Tech will go to Virginia next week needing a win and a Miami victory over
Syracuse to force a tie between the Hokies and Orangemen.
If there's a tie the highest ranked team gets the alliance spot.
Roanoke College won the Salem Bank and Trust tournament championship this
afternoon beating Maryville 96 to 75.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO MOTION
OUT Q=.....last score.
SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ/HBO; :
And George Foreman says last nights heavyweight fight against Shannon Biggs
is his last.
The 48 year old Foreman lost a majority decision to Shannon Biggs last
night in Atlantic City and said he's retiring from the sport.
Foreman said quote I've had a wonderful boxing career but I'm a salesman at
heart. Foreman was a two time heavyweight champion.
Annika Sorenstam, The L-P-G-A player of the year, finished her season by
winning the tour championship.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV/ABC SPORTS; :
Sorenstam shot a final round 70 to finish tied with Pat Hurst and Lorie Kane
at 11 under par.
Sorenstam parred all three extra holes to win the event. She won six
tournaments this year and set a record with winning over 1 point 36 million
There are a few work days left before the Thanksgiving holiday.
So to help you avoid construction delays here's Stacey Martin with this
week's Road Report.
IN Q=A ceremony earlier
OUT Q=Happy Thanksgiving.
((A ceremony earlier today marked the opening of the Second Street Bridge.
VDOT says minor work will continue on the new road causing some occassional
And, the northbound lanes of I-581 from the Peters Creek Road exit to I-81
will be shut down from midnight to 5 a-m tonight and tomorrow night.
Workers are bringing in beams to replace the bridge on Wood Haven Road.
Elsewhere around the region, in Bedford County, a section of Route 718 is
closed to replace a bridge over Little Otter River.
And, VDOT says temporary lane closures are in the works for Route 122 near
Moneta while a bridge over Stony Creek is painted.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report. Have a safe drive into
work the next few days and a Happy Thanksgiving!))
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An 80-year old Florida woman was kicked off a Greyhound bus for bringing her
new puppy along for the ride.
Antonia Sanabria was returning to Tampa from her birthday celebration in
Pensacola where she received "Cookie" as a gift.
At 3-AM, the driver stopped the bus, told her dogs weren't allowed, and
made her get off at a rural truck stop.
Someone called the police and Sanabria said she thought she was going to
Instead five officers shuttled her from county to county until she and
Cookie finally made it home.
IN Q=It was so handsome guys
((It was so handsome guys. Every one of them was handsome. Nice! For an old
lady like me.))
OUT Q=old lady like me.
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Sanabria says it's a birthday she'll never forget.
Greyhound apologized, gave Sanabria a refund, and suspended the driver.