There's a working fire in Southside tonight.
The blaze continues to burn at an apartment complex in Danville.
On NEWS 7 at 11 in just a moment, we'll hear from one of the Cabin Lake
We'll see what 40-mile an hour winds did to the Macy's Parade.
And see a weather satellite lift off in Japan.
News 7 at 11 is next.
They served hot turkey instead of seafood this Thanksgiving Day....
at Red Lobster in Christiansburg.
It was free for the hungry and lonely... some fresh foul and friendship
...just for the asking.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte and daughter Jenny did their Thanksgiving Day
good deed by delivering dinner to a 91-year old woman in Vinton.
And Governor Allen is pushing for a vote to re-name National Airport in
honor of Former President Reagan.
Congress is expected to make the decision in time for Reagan's 87th
birthday in February.
More at 11.
A Danville apartment complex is burning tonight.
Fire ripped through the roof of the Cabin Lake apartment complex in North
Rescue officials say no one was injured, and everyone is out of the
Fire fighters have been battling this blaze for at least two hours.
And now fire engines are running out of water.
Officials have called in reinforcements.
Residents had to stand and watch their homes burn.
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHAT'S YOUR FINANCIAL STATE? MONIQUE TOTTEN/RESIDENT: LIKE
MOST OF THE PEOPLE HERE, LOW INCOME, LOW BUDGET. WE'VE GOT TO WORK OUR WAY UP
AGAIN, START FROM THE BOTTOM.))
OUT Q=start from the bottom
At least one firewall burned through.
Thanksgiving day-- one year ago-- a man was found murdered inside one of the
One man is dead following a hit and run accident early this morning in
Authorities say 30- year old Louis Slaughter, Junior was struck while
walking across fifth street around one A-M.
The driver of the car did NOT stop.
Police say Slaughter was dragged underneath the car for nearly four miles.
He was taken to Lynchburg hospital where he later died.
28- year old Melvin Stevens of Lynchburg was taken into custody.
Police found his car in Bedford County with damage on the underside.
Iraq has reacted to international pressure by upping the ante.... once
The national assembly... mouthpiece of Saddam Hussein... gave U-N weapons
inspectors a deadline: finish in six months and get out of Iraq.
And an offer made yesterday to open Saddam's palaces to inspection for
weapons of mass destruction was qualified today.
The U-N weapons specialists are not invited.
The head of the monitoring mission complained today about anti-American
graffiti at an airport used by his teams.
IN Q=A sign that
((A SIGN THAT SAYS DOWN WITH USA AND I MUST TELL YOU THAT I'M SAD, PERSONALLY,
SEEING THAT SIGN. ))
SUPER=01-Nils Carlstrom/Chief of U.N. Monitoring
OUT Q=that sign.
Fighting America was also the theme at a military parade today to induct
600 "Saddam Fedayeen"...volunteers for a new commando unit.
The ones in white were described as "suicide soldiers" willing to be
"martyrs" for Saddam.
The real martyrs... however... are the Iraqi civilians.
Forty mile- an- hour winds created BIG problems for the Thanksgiving day
parade in the New York.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Balloon handlers struggled to maneuver the helium filled characters...
floating them no more than a few feet off the ground.
A strong tailwind still managed to knock the The Cat in the Hat into a
light pole... showering spectators with metal and glass.
IN Q=It caught
((IT CAUGHT ON IT AND PULLED IT THAT WAY, SNAPPING IT AND PULLING IT DOWN INTO
THE CROWD BELOW. I WAS STANDING RIGHT BELOW IT. I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS DUMB
ENOUGH TO BE STANDING THERE.))
OUT Q=standing there.
Four people were injured... one of them seriously.
The Mayor said the Macy's parade safety procedure may need to be reviewed.
Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia didn't go without the
traditional Thanksgiving meal- -even if it was served in decidedly
The meals were a long way from home-made.
The astronauts ate canned, Dinty Moore American Classic turkey with
stuffing and gravy dinners, bought from a Houston supermarket near mission
control for $1.99 each. Side dishes included cranberry sauce, pumpkin cookies
and pecan pie.
"About as traditional as you can get being 150 miles up," shuttle skipper
Kevin Kregel said.
Thanksgiving was anything but fishy at Christiansburg's Red Lobster.
That's because the seafood restaurant only served turkey today.
It was free for those who were hungry or alone.
Local residents volunteered as waiters.
IN Q=Lots of lonely people
((LARRY SOWERS/VOLUNTEER: LOTS OF LONELY PEOPLE. I'VE TALKED TO A FEW PEOPLE.
I DON'T THINK IT'S THE HOMELESS. I THINK IT'S JUST THE LONELY WANTING SOMEONE
TO EAT WITH.))
OUT Q=to eat with
Three generations of the Seymour family gathered there -- they say it's
easier than cooking for the whole clan.
IN Q=Usually when you
((STEVE SEYMOUR: USUALLY WHEN YOU COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS, YOU EAT FISH OR
RED LOBSTER OR SHRIMP. IT'S GONNA SEEM FUNNY EATING THANKSGIVING HERE.))
OUT Q=Thanksgiving here
Seymour says after dinner he'll go hunting, maybe for turkey.
A local congressman made at least one woman smile for Thanksgiving.
IN Q=Hi Miss St. Clair!
((BOB GOODLATTE/U-S CONGRESS: HI MISS ST. CLAIR! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! LILLIAN
ST. CLAIR: THANK YOU.))
OUT Q=thank you
91-year-old Lillian St. Clair lives alone in Vinton.
She recently had hip surgery and needs a cane.
But Congressman Bob Goodlatte is giving her plenty to be thankful for -- a
turkey dinner with flowers and a card from local children.
Meals-on-Wheels delivers food to the elderly and homebound all year.
Some legislators want to increase funding for the program.
IN Q=We're always fighting
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/(D) ROANOKE: WE'RE ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR MORE FUNDS BECAUSE WE
GOT A WAITING LIST JUST ABOUT ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. WE'VE HAD TO SCRAP
SOMETIMES BUT WE'VE GOTTEN THE MONEY INCREASES EACH YEAR AND IT'S THE BEST
MONEY WE COULD SPEND I BELIEVE.))
OUT Q=I believe
Volunteers say spending time is also important -- and can make the
difference in someone's day.
*******Keith tosses to PATRICK********
Up next on the newscast, could deregulation drive up your electric bill?
and we'll see how at least one state Senator is learning to adjust to life on
A Roanoke mother and her State Senator both say living on welfare makes
today's Thanksgiving dinner bittersweet.
Melissa Salters saved all month to cook for her family.
She's unemployed and feeds her three children with welfare checks.
State Senator John Edwards is also living on food stamps this month.
He wants to know what it's like for Melissa.
She hopes he learns.
IN Q=How hard
((MELISSA SALTERS/: HOW HARD IT IS FOR US TO MAKE IT. HOPING, WHEN I DO START
WORKING, THEY WON'T TAKE IT ALL AWAY FROM US AT ONCE -- AND JUST GRADUALLY TAKE
IT AWAY SO WE CAN GET ON OUR FEET TO MAKE IT.))
OUT Q=to make it
The two were matched up in a program called Walk a Mile -- today Edwards
watched Salters prepare Thanksgiving dinner.
IN Q=The most important thing
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT
IT'S LIKE TO LIVE ON FOOD STAMPS FOR A MONTH -- YOU HAVE TO STRETCH IT ... AND
OUT Q=and other restaurants
Edwards says he will focus more attention on child care issues and
transportation for the poor when he gets back to Richmond.
The General Assembly could soon tackle the issue of electric deregulation.
A federal law says all states must restructure their utility industries.
But in Virginia, electric rates are already low, and new laws might change
Scott Goldberg explains.
IN Q=When you
SUPER=01-Ken Schrad/State Corporation Commission; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield; 1:12
SUPER=01-Linn Draper/American Electric Power CEO; 2:03
OUT Q=SG, News-7
((When you moved into Southwest Virginia, bought a new home or found a new
apartment here, chances are you called A-E-P.
Standup -- cover first :05 with b-roll of AEP sign
IN Q=In most of Southwest Virginia
((IN MOST OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER HAS A MONOPOLY ON THE
SALE OF ELECTRICITY. uncovered now:
THAT MEANS YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. IF YOU WANT POWER IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE,
YOU PAY A-E-P. AND YOU PAY WHATEVER THE COMPANY CHARGES. ALL THAT CHANGES IF
VIRGINIA DEREGULATES ITS ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY.))
OUT Q=electricity industry
"Ken Schrad" tape
IN Q=The Virginia
((KEN SCHRAD/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS
LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT THIS.))
OUT Q=AT THIS
Ken Schrad is director of the Commonwealth's State Corporation Commission.
His agency wrote a two-part plan for deregulating Virginia's utility
Under that plan, electric monopolies would end and consumers would have their
choice of suppliers.
IN Q=there are arguments
((KEN SCHRAD: THERE ARE ARGUMENTS THAT IF WE DO CHANGE THE WAY WE REGULATE THE
UTILITY INDUSTRY, EVERYONE'S GOING TO BENEFIT. WE'RE NOT SURE OF THAT YET IN
OUT Q=IN VIRGINIA
The reason for uncertainty is Virginia already has low electric rates...
Thirty-eight percent below the national average in A-E-P's territory.
Consumer groups worry that opening the electric market to competition would
actually RAISE Virginia's rates, placing them in line with what the rest of the
"coal conference" tape
IN Q=we do not
((STATE SENATOR JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: WE DO NOT HAVE THE PRESSURE ON
VIRGINIA THAT OTHER STATES ARE FACING BECAUSE OUR RATES ARE IN PRETTY GOOD
OUT Q=GOOD SHAPE
State Senator Jack Reasor is heading a joint House and Senate subcommittee on
So far, the committee has not found a way to make sure retail competition
would guarantee lower prices.
IN Q=i suspect
((JACK REASOR: I SUSPECT WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SUBCOMMITTEE INVESTIGATION FOR AT
LEAST ANOTHER YEAR BECAUSE IT IS A COMPLEX QUESTION. THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS
natsound of factory??
generic industry shots
For example, who really stands to benefit?
The State Corporation Commission says the big push is coming from industries
that pay massive monthly electric bills.
IN Q=so if
((KEN SCHRAD: SO IF THEY CAN SAVE 10 PERCENT ON A $150,000-A-MONTH ELECTRIC
BILL, THAT'S A BIG SAVINGS TO THEM. ))
OUT Q=TO THEM
COAL CONFERENCE TAPE
IN Q=we believe
((DR. LINN DRAPER/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER CEO: WE BELIEVE THAT ALL CUSTOMER
CLASSES CAN BENEFIT.))
OUT Q= CAN BENEFIT.
Dr. Linn Draper is C-E-O of American Electric Power.
IN Q=we've seen
((DRAPER: WE'VE SEEN IN EVERY OTHER INDUSTRY AS PEOPLE HAVE CHOICE, THE PRICE
HAS GONE DOWN. ))
OUT Q= gone down
That's not entirely true.
While airline deregulation DID bring lower ticket prices...
And the breakup of A-T-and-T led to lower long-distance rates,
the cost of a pay-phone call has gone up.
So have cable rates.
A-E-P says the way to fight higher prices is to freeze rates while utilities
make the transition to retail competition...
Something Senator Reasor says is out of the question.
IN Q=if the whole
((SEN. JACK REASOR: IF THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO GET OUT OF REGULATION AND GET INTO
A FREE RETAIL MARKET, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF WE START MANDATING WHAT THOSE
RATES ARE GOING TO BE OR THE LEVELS, THEN WE'RE DEFEATING THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF
IN Q= Any state
((ANY STATE THAT DOES NOT PASS ITS OWN LAWS WILL SOON HAVE TO FOLLOW FEDERAL
DEREGULATION GUIDELINES. SO VIRGINIA'S LAWMAKERS ARE TRYING TO BEAT CONGRESS
TO THE PUNCH, EVEN IF IT MEANS FIXING A SYSTEM THAT ALREADY HAS VIRGINIANS
PAYING SOME OF THE NATION'S LOWEST ELECTRIC BILLS. IN ROANOKE COUNTY, SCOTT
Coming up next, Governor Allen wants to honor one of his political heroes,
and we'll see what residents in Pearisburg are doing to preserve their local
As his days in the Governor's mansion wind down, George Allen is taking some
time to honor one of his political heroes.
Allen got his fellow Republican governors to back a bill that would rename
the Washington National Airport in Arlington the "Ronald Wilson Reagan National
IN Q=Ronald Reagan
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: RONALD REAGAN ALSO BELIEVED IN TRUSTING THE PEOPLE. AND
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE CONGRESS WERE RUNNING AND OWNING THESE AIRPORTS.
AND THE OPERATIONS WERE INEFFICIENT. AND SINCE RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT,
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION ELIZABETH DOLE, THEY TURNED
OVER THE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE AIRPORTS, AWAY FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY.))
OUT Q=airports authority.
Congress may vote on the bill by President Reagan's 87th birthday in
Local residents are getting an unique glimpse at Giles County's rich
It's part of an exhibit on display at the newly constructed Giles County
Teresa Hamilton has our story.
IN Q=If you're
SUPER=01-Jean Davis/Historical Society President; :06 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Bill Hamilton/Giles Co. Historical Society; :48 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Pearisburg.
(( If you're a local history buff-- the Giles County Historical Museum in
Pearisburg is one place you might find fascinating.
IN Q=I think
((JEAN DAVIS/HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT:I THINK PERHAPS THE OLDEST THING WE
HAVE HERE IS THE ORIGINAL LAND GRANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO GEORGE PARIS FOR WHOM
PEARISBURG IS NAMED.))
OUT Q=is named.
Other areas of the county are also well represented--- through newspaper
articles, antique books, knick knacks and clothing-- ALL from years gone by.
IN Q=The people
((JEAN DAVIS/HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT: THE PEOPLE OF GILES COUNTY ARE
MOSTLY DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF SOME OF THE EARLY SETTLERS WHO ARRIVED HERE MOST
OF THEM HAD THESE ARTIFACTS IN THEIR ATTICS, OR YOU KNOW, BASEMENT OR BARN,
SOMEPLACE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND QUITE A FEW ITEMS. ))
OUT Q=few items.
This wooden hearse-- that's a favorite with school kids-- is one example.
IN Q=This was
((BILL HAMILTON/GILES CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: THIS WAS STORED IN A BARN FOR A
LONG TIME AND JUST RECENTLY THEY REFURBISHED IT AND REFINISHED THE WHOLE THING.
OUT Q=whole thing.
The two story museum opened earlier this month after more than a year's
construction-- thanks to the generosity of the Johnston family, local
residents, businesses and grants.
The historical museum is always looking for new artifacts. THe ones on
display, now, will only be in place through January 15th.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pearisburg.))
Japan launched a satellite early Friday morning- -Tokyo time- -as a joint
project between NASA and the Japanese space program.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission consists of a satellite designed to
measure global-tropical rainfall.
The satellite will have an assortment of instruments on a platform in space
and it includes the first spaceborne weather radar.
It's orbit- -close to the equator- -allows for extensive coverage of
the world's tropical areas and will provide 24-hour a day information on
SUPER=331-Clear/& Cool/30-33/Sunny/& Warm/62-65;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/28-32/Partly Cloudy/& Mild/58-62;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/& Windy/57-60;
The Lions beat the Bears and Dallas and Tennessee hooked up in Irving,
But first our Extra Point. A couple of other big college games this weekend.
Second ranked Nebraska is looking for a victory tomorrow over Colorado to
complete a perfect season and stay in the running for the National Title.
IN Q="We need to
((TOM OSBORNE/NEBRASKA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=75-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.......LEFT TO PLAY."
And Saturday Tennessee, led by quarterback Payton Manning, can wrap up the
S-E-C East Divisional title with a win over Vanderbilt and set up an
opportunity to face Nebraska for the National Title. Now, Here's the scores.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0103-/Washington/1/j/Ottawa/3////Los Angeles/2//St. Louis/2/3//;
OUT Q=.........last score."
Barry Sanders rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and he moved into
second place on the all time N-F-L rushing list as the Lions beat the Bears 55
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/FOX SPORTS; :
Detroit trailed 14 to nothing after the first quarter then Scott Mitchell
hooks up with Herman Moore on the 8 yard T-D pass but the Lions trailed 17 to
Sanders scored his first T-D of the day on this playing taking the handoff
and outrunning the Bears defense for the 40 yard touchdown to make it 20 to 17
The game was tied 20 to 20 at the half then Mitchell opened the third
quarter going to the air and hitting Johnny Morton on the 50 yard touchdown to
make the score 27 to 20 Detroit.
Sanders scored again in the third SUPER=30-Detroit/55/Chicago/20/;as he
blows through the line and makes a nice cut back on the 27 yard touchdown run
and the Lions win it 55 to 20.
IN Q="As far as...
((BARRY SANDERS/SCORED THREE TOUCHDOWNS: ))
SUPER=01-Barry Sanders/Scored Three Touchdowns; :
OUT Q=......FEW WEEKS."
The Oilers beat the Cowboys...More Later on Mornin'.
And coming up, We'll see what the Hokies and Cavaliers had for Thanksgiving
And the Roanoke Express welcomed the Hampton Road Admirals to the Roundhouse
on this Thanksgiving Day.
Tennessee kept its N-F-L playoffs alive taking advantage of Dallas turnovers
in a 27 to 14 win over the Cowboys.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman had back spasms during pre game warm ups but
he returned to play whole game.
His first pass of the day was picked off by Marcus Robertson who returns the
ball 50 yards all the way to the Cowboy 11 yard line setting up the Oilers
first score of the game.
Several plays later Steve McNair rolls out and passes to guard Erik Norgard
for the one yard score to make it 7 to nothing Tennessee.
The Oilers led 14 to nothing on a McNair one yard dive then Aikman gets
Dallas on the board when he hits Michael Irvin on the 19 yard touchdown pass to
make it 14 to 7.
But late in the second quarter SUPER=30-Tennessee/27/Dallas/14/; Aikman
hits Eric Bjornson who fumbles its picked up by Robertson who returns it 42
yards for the score and the Oilers win it 27 to 14.
The Roanoke Express had an opportunity last night to get even as the Hampton
Road Admirals came to town for the match up at the Roundhouse.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Admirals; :
A nice crowd out last night and even the mascots were full of Thanksgiving
The Express called on veteran Dave Stewart in the first period he fires the
puck from the blue line for the score and the game was tied at one to one in
the first period.
Hampton Roads tied the score but the Express came back in the second
SUPER=38-Roanoke/2/Hampton/3/;period Chris Cantu works behind the net makes
the move and scores the wrap a round goal but Hampton wins in a shootout 3 to
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Most of the media attention this week has surrounded quarterbacks and
But what about the players that shoulder the heaviest load? The lienman.
Steve Mason has more on the guys in the trenches.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Kerwin Hairston/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; :21(QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!)
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :34
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Tuesday Night; :41
SUPER=01-Doug Karczewski/UVa Offensive Tackle; 1:13
SUPER=01-John St. Clair/UVa Center; 1:57
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Freshman Marques Maybin scored five of his 22 points in the fourth quarter
as 19-th ranked Louisville beat Hofstra 75 to 66.
SUPER=03-San Juan, PR/FOX-WEST; :
Denny Crum and his Cardinals making their third appearance in the Puerto
But early in the first quarter Hofstra comes up with the steal and DeWayne
Posey takes in for the layup.
Maybin, the 11-th freshman to start SUPER=33-Louisville/75/Hofstra/66/;
under Crum, Pulls up and hits this 3 for three of his 22 and the Cardinals beat
Hofstra 75 to 66.