An on the job dispute leads to a shooting rampage at a Milwaukee post
And the details on Governor Allen's new budget.
We're wrapping up the work week with more mild weather.
The sun is OUT and temperatures are on their on they're way UP.
Stay tuned for the complete weekend outlook.
News 7 at noon is next.
A disgruntled postal worker opened fire on the job this morning in
Authorities say Anthony Deculit (deh-KOO'-lit) shot three co-workers before
turning the gun on himself.
It happened in the third floor sorting room at the city's main post office.
At least 15-hundred other workers were in the building at the time.
REPORTER:SO YOU WERE ON THE 4TH FLOOR, HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT WHAT WAS
--WARD WILLIAMS /POSTALWORKER: PEOPLE WERE RUNNING AROUND SCREAMING SOMEONE'S
GOT A GUN ON THE THIRD FLOOR, EVERYONE GOT TO GET OUT, AND EVERYONE GOT OUT.))
SUPER=01-Ward Williams/Postal Worker
OUT Q=AND EVERYONE GOT OUT.
The gunman and one of his colleagues were killed, two others were wounded.
Police believe Deculit (deh-KOO'-lit) was angry about being reprimanded by
his supervisor after she found him sleeping on the job.
After a 30 hour seige, a hostage drama is over at a Texas daycare center.
Police say 33 year-old James Monroe Lipscomb, who took dozens of children
hostage, released his last two captives last night and then surrendered
BRUCE GLASSCOCK/PLANO POLICE CHIEF
THE INITIAL INCIDENT STARTED OUT AS A RESULT OF A DOMESTIC SITUATION, AND THAT
WAS AT THE ROOT OF THE ENTIRE ISSUE THROUGH THE ENTIRE NEGOTIATIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Bruce Glasscock/Plano Police Chief;
OUT Q=THE OTHER DAY.
The two remaining children were Lipscomb's own son and step son.
Neither of them was hurt.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Commercial
More than 100 are feared dead following a plane crash in Indonesia.
The Singapore owned jet went down in a swampy coastal area while on a
flight from Jakarta to Singapore.
Meantime, wreckage from a Ukrainian airliner reportedly has been spotted in
a rugged area near Greek's Mount Olympus.
The jetliner carrying 70 people went down Wednesday.
Governor George Allen today officially unveiled a 37 BILLION dollar two-
It is his final mark on Virginia government.
IN Q=I very
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I VERY MUCH ENJOYED WORKING WITH YOU ALL. AS I LEAVE
OFFICE... GOING VERY STRONG.))
IN Q=With so
((With so much money to play with, is this going to be a contentious and
difficult session because everyone wants theirs? SEN. CHARLES
HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: I THINK THAT CAN BE SAID BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT-- EVERYONE
THINKS WE'VE GOT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY, THEREFORE THEY DON'T SEE WHY
THEY CAN'T HAVE THEIRS.))
OUT Q=have theirs.
Some Democrats say they're pleased to see it's a reflection of the things
they fought the Governor for two years ago.
IN Q=Things like
((THINKS LIKE... PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.))
OUT Q=the environment.
The only surprise the Governor had NOT given away in advance was a thousand
new teaching positions created.
That's a downpayment on Jim Gilmore's promise of four thousand new teachers.
Goodyear workers in Danville are casting yet ANOTHER ballot today.
This one will decide if the union employees will work mandatory Sunday
Management's request for a continuous operating schedule was rejected once
before, and as a result workers were laid off and the company stopped investing
in the plant.
Some union members say they don't want to work mandatory Sunday hours
because they will lose their current overtime pay and miss church services.
Coeducation at V-M-I thus far has been a smooth transition.
V-M-I has filed an update in federal court on how women are faring at the
formerly all-male school.
The report submitted yesterday says all but five of the 30 women who enrolled
in August have made it through the Rat Line's critical first semester.
The school also has finished building women's sports facilities.
So far 27 women have applied for admission for next year's class.
Officials at Snowshoe Mountain ski resort say a 9-year old skier died after
hitting a tree yesterday.
The victim was on vacation from Jacksonville Florida.
His name is being withheld until relatives are notified.
The boy was skiing with his father and sister but was not in their sight
when the accident happened.
The death is the first at Snowshoe this year and the fourth in
the resort's 24 years of operation.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The substance buried in barrels at the Roanoke Public Works Service Center
is still unidentified.
Seven containers were un-earthed Tuesday.
FORTY-THREE containers have turned up.
Excavation was completed Wednesday night at the Service Center.
That's where they keep and repair city vehicles, but the city attorney
wouldn't say whether these substances could have come from the garage.
SOT 14:39:25 Dibling
IN Q=We're not prepared
((WE'RE NOT PREPARED TO IDENTIFY NOR ARE WE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHO PLACED THIS
MATERIAL ON CITY PROPERTY OR HOW IT GOT THERE OR WHEN IT GOT THERE.))
SUPER=01-Will Dibling/Roanoke City Attorney
OUT Q=it got there.(double out)
Dibling says it's possible the containers were there when the city bought
the property 23 years ago. He can't say howlong they've been there.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon,
The heroism of local firefighters was recognized in the Hill City.
The Olympic torch was lit for its journey to Japan.
Now, let's check in with Kimberly in the Weather Center.
Another quiet morning back here in the weather office, thanks to the large
ridge of high pressure over us.
Sunshine and quickly warming temperatures make up the outlook for today.
But at least a few showers are expected to approach from the west on
In the meantime, let's head out to the Roanoke Regional Airport...
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The U-N security council is drafting another statement warning Iraq to give
weapons inspectors access to all sites.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The action follows yesterday's briefing by chief U-N weapons inspector
This morning, Iraqi deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz, gave foreign reporters
a tour of presidential palaces to try to prove they do not contain banned
weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq had declared those sites off-limits to U-N inspectors.
GRAPHIC=Diana Crash Probe
The survivor of the crash that killed Princess Diana is apparently not able
to provide investigators with any new information.
Trevor Rees-Jones met today with the Paris judge who's leading the
probe of the crash.
And a source says Rees-Jones didn't recall any significant new details.
His face is still heavily scarred from the accident.
A Chicago Medical examiner today will try to determine what killed comedian
He was found dead yesterday at his Chicago apartment.
The thirty three year old comic and actor was best known for his work on
"Saturday Night Live."
He also starred in a number of films including Beverly Hill Ninja and Tommy
In 19-95, Farley entertained political heavyweights in Washington with his
imitation of Newt Gingrich.
FARLEY: ALRIGHT, AND FINALLY HR631 MOTION TO MAKE SONY BONO COME UP HERE AND
SING I'VE GOT YOU NEWT, ALL IN FAVOR... ))
OUT Q=ALL IN FAVOR (LAUGHTER..)
Police say no drugs were found in Farley's apartment -- but a Chicago
newspaper says there were indications that drugs may have been involved.
Let the Games Begin.
The Olympic flame for the Nagano Winter Games was lit today during an
elaborate ceremony in Olympia, Greece, at the ancient staduim where the Olympic
Games began in 7-76 B-C.
It's now in the hands of a runner, who is the first in a long chain carrying
it across Greece and Japan.
It's on its way to Athens, where it will be handed over to Japanese
officials at a special ceremony to be held Monday.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
They say it's all in a day's work, but others are lauding them for going
above and beyond the call of duty.
Some Hill City firefighters are being honored for their recent bravery,
including the rescue of a three year old girl from a burning apartment
Robert Ore was recognized by the Lynchburg fire department and its
lifesaving crew for his heroics last Friday night.
Ore was part of a crew that responded to a fire at the College Hill
He says he was just doing his job.
IN Q=That's the biggest
((ROBERT ORE/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTER: THAT'S THE BIGGEST REWARD. THE PLAQUES ARE
NICE, THE RECOGNITION IS NICE, BUT THE BIG REWARD IS KNOWING THAT THERE'S A
LITTLE THREE- YEAR- OLD GIRL, TYANA HUBBARD, THAT'S GOING TO BE AT HOME WITH
HER FAMILY THIS YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.))
SUPER=01-Robert Ore/Lynchburg Firefighter; :00
OUT Q=this year for Christmas.
The city also honored four firefighters who saved a family from their
burning home on Otey Street in November.
Are charter schools in Virginia's future? The educational alternative is
thought to have its best shot ever in the General Assembly.
Many parents and students are wondering--just what are these schools like?
Ellen Qualls wraps up her look at one charter program in North Carolina.
IN Q=Rocky Mount, North
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Rob Barrow/Charter School Student; :07
SUPER=01-Cheryl Ellis/Charter School Teacher; :37
SUPER=01-Travis Twiford/Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent; 1:03
SUPER=01-Tiffani Wallace/Charter School Student; 1:25
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( Rocky Mount, North Carolina's three month old Charter Public School is off
to a good start.
sot TAPE TWO 12:07:34
((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: I LOVE IT. IT'S-- Why? THE WAY WE
LEARN. AND THE WAY THAT IF SOMEBODY MAKES TROUBLE, THEY CAN GET RID OF THEM.
In fact, one criticism is that charter schools will cherry pick the best
behaved and the brightest... or segregate by race or ethnicity.
But this school has a 60-40 racial split.
It may be cherry-picking the best parents out of the system though.
sot tape three 21:44:30
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: SO WHEN I CAME HERE AND I WAS HEARING
"THE PARENTS REALLY WANT TO BE INVOLVED," AND I WAS THINKING "YEAH I KNOW,
PARENTS REALLY LIKE TO BE INVOLVED, BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THESE PARENTS.
WE HAD FOUR GRAND OPENINGS IN TWO WEEKS.))
sot tape three 12:45:07
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: 350 PARENTS CAME TO THE FOURTH GRAND
OPENING IN TWO WEEKS. THEY'RE SERIOUS.))
The local Superintendent fought the school's startup as harmful to the
existing schools -- but now he says he's neutral.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13;29:24
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, AS A
PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, I'M A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS. BECAUSE THEY'RE GIVEN
FREEDOM TO NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY STATE REGULATIONS. AND I FEEL LIKE THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY.))
He predicts parents will eventually teacher-shop, picking the regular school
or the charter school based on that year's teacher.
sot tape two 12:03:34
((TIFFANI WALLACE/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: IT'S GREAT. What do you like about
it? THE TEACHERS. THE STUFF THAT WE LEARN. AND HOW WE LEARN IT.))
It is money that both sides in the debate say is the biggest stumbling
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:29:47
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: THERE'S IN OUR SITUATION IN
EXCESS OF TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF LOCAL AND STATE MONEY THAT'S LEAVING OUR
BUDGETS AND GOING INTO THE CHARTER SCHOOL BUDGETS.))
Still, the charter school gets NO capital funds.
It retro-fitted an old JC Penney store.
So far, its library is empty.
A loan pool from the state would help.
But without money, there are fewer strings -- more room for innovation.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:49:07
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: SO I THINK THAT THEY CAN
CAUSE CHANGE FASTER THAN WE CAN. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID "I SURE WISH THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULD TAKE THE SHACKLES OFF OF US.))
Charter schools haven't been around long enough for independent evaluations
That leaves other states to decide if they're willing to wait.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
After receiving eight Golden Globe nominations yesterday it looks like calm
waters as Titanic leaves port for the silver screen tonight.
One Danville pilot used his determination to get his dream off the ground.
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COMM BREAK #2
A Danville pilot never wants to stop flying.
You might say it's in Charles Scott's blood.
But as a diabetic, Scott fought hard to win his wings.
Tina Tenret takes us above the clouds.
IN Q=It was a routine
SUPER=01-Charles Scott/Diabetic Pilot; :13
OUT Q=TT, News7, Danville))
((It was a routine check-up, or so Charles Scott thought.
Until the doctor diagnosed him with diabetes at the age of 29.
After that, the government refused to let him fly.
IN Q=I was absolutely
((CHARLES SCOTT/DIABETIC PILOT: I WAS DEVASTATED. NOT ONLY HAD I LOST MY JOB,
I'D LOST MY HOBBY.))
OUT Q=lost my hobby
But Scott is not a quitter.
He wrote letters to lobbyists and congressmen until 15 years later, he
changed federal laws so all diabetics could fly.
They still will not let him do it as a career, but Scott doesn't let that
get him down.
IN Q=I guess to some degree
((CHARLES SCOTT/DIABETIC PILOT: I GUESS TO SOME DEGREE THAT'S REASONABLE. IF
YOU'RE HIRING A PILOT IN AN AIRPLANE YOU DESERVE TO GET SOMEBODY WHO'S PERFECT
AND COMPETENT. I THINK I'M COMPETENT BUT WE'RE GONNA WORK ON PERFECT A LITTLE
OUT Q=a little bit
For now, he's right where he wants to be -- the cockpit.
IN Q=It's so peaceful
((IT'S SO PEACEFUL. IT'S QUIET. IT'S SAFE. IT'S FUN. EVERYBODY OUGHT TO
LEARN HOW TO FLY.))
OUT Q=how to fly
Scott, after all, has learned to soar above the obstacles in his path.
IN Q=Don't give up
((DON'T GIVE UP, PARTICULARLY IF YOU'VE GOT A GOOD ARGUMENT. I DON'T CHASE
WINDMILLS, BUT I DON'T GIVE UP ON GOOD DREAMS.))
OUT Q=good dreams
That determination has taken Charles Scott higher than he ever thought he'd
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
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SUPER=331-Clear/Skies/35-39/Partly Cloudy/Winds W 10-15/55-59;
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Stocks plummeted to their lowest level in more than a month after Japanese
stocks fell five percent.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was
DOWN 178 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
The Danville G-W Eagles soared to victory against the William Fleming
Colonels in high school hoop actions.
Tech football players are gearing up for January's showdown on the gridiron
in the Gator Bowl.
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COMM BREAK #3
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
William Fleming and G.W. Danville hit the hardwood last night at the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs. Eagles; :
Colonel head coach Roland Lovelace gives his team a pep talk before the
Danville's Jerian Younger would hit several baskets early in the first
including this short jumper down low, as Danville took a 9 to 0 lead.
Fleming comes back--Scott Byrd pulls up to the free throw line and hits this
jumper to cut the lead to 8.
G.W.'s Charles Stephens drives the baseline with this nice spin move and
hits the short jumper to give the Eagles a 10 point lead.
Fleming guard Derrick Turner gets SUPER=33-William Fleming/37/G.W.
Danville/73/;the in-bounds pass and goes coast to coast for the layup but
Danville goes on to win it 73 to 37.
In other scores, James River beats Shawsville 54 to 28. In girls basketball
Patrick Henry beat E.C. Glass 48 to 40 in two overtimes.
GRAPHIC=Tech/UNC Gator Bowl
Virginia Tech returns to practice in pads and helmets today to begin
preparing for the 53rd Gator Bowl.
SS=FULL SCREEN TECH/UNC JOURNEY TO JACKSONVILLE
Steve Mason says a late season skid has these football players focussed
more than ever on ringing in the New Year on a positive note.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 29; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/November 22; :07
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :25
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech vs. Miami of Ohio; :36
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; 1:01
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Over the last three seasons; the Hokies had handled the November nerves
well; posting a 10 and OH record. That streak was broken by back to back losses
to West Virginia and Virginia.
While deep threat Shawn Scales was lost before the season's midpoint; his
absence hurt most against the final two teams who ganged up on the running
But now that a full recovery for the Gator Bowl weighs in Scales's favor and
Al Clark's surgically repaired knee continues to heal, the Hokies have new
motivation for erasing an irregular finish to their regular season schedule.
The Express battles Northeast Division rival Chesapeake tonight at the
Round House. Fans will get their first look at rookie John Tripp.
The six foot two. 220 pound right winger is in Roanoke for 10 games from
A-H-L affiliate Saint John.
IN Q="our goal
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...return to saint john"
The Calgary Flames, Roanoke's N-H-L affiliate, have high expectations for
the 20 year old--who played junior hockey last year. He should help the
((JOHN TRIPP/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-John Tripp/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=...help the team"
The highly anticipated TITANTIC sails into movie theaters today--the big
question is will it sink or stay afloat at the box office.
The film traces the first and final voyage of the legendary British liner
that met an icy doom.
Titantic is the most expensive film ever made, with a 200 million dollar
The three hour long movie has already won over some of the critics.
Yesterday, it picked up eight Golden Globe nominations.