Hundreds help remove the fence from the site of the worst act of domestic terrorism in U-S history.
And two Roanoke police officers are on administrative leave following the death of a suspect in their custody.
Hurricane Mitch is a Category 5 storm, hovering near Central America.
Meanwhile, our forecast remains UN- eventful and very dry.
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Two Roanoke City police officers are on administrative leave after the death of a man in police custody over the weekend.
Officials say the leave is department policy.
Derek Glenn Poindexter was arrested Friday night for possession of crack cocaine.
An officer thought Poindexter was hiding more crack in his mouth, so he sprayed Poindexter with pepper spray.
Poindexter then collapsed and died.
The local chapter of the S-C-L-C issued a statement, expressing "outrage" over the incident, calling for a federal investigation.
The medical examiner says it will take at least 6 weeks to determine what killed Poindexter.
Virginians will decide the fate of five constitutional amendments next week
Yesterday, Southside leaders put their support behind the two amendments they believe will boost economic development.
State Senator Charles Hawkins and Delegate Whitt Clement want people to vote YES on Amendments 3 and 4.
These amendments would allow cities and counties to share resources and work together on projects such as industrial parks.
[IN Q=It doesn't put in]
((CHARLES HAWKINS: IT DOESN'T PUT IN PLACE ANYTHING CALLED A SUPER GOVERNMENT. IT DOENS'T ALLOW ANY TAXATION OUT OF THE ORDINARY. BUT IT GIVES US THE TOOLS TO BUILD A FUTURE WITHOUT DEPENDING ON SOMEONE ELSE TO SUPPORT US.))
[SUPER=201-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham;]
[OUT Q=else to support us.]
Danville and Pittsylvania County officials hope to team up on an industrial park project in the Ringgold area if these amendments pass.
Voters in Pearisburg will decide if local restaurant owners should be able to serve liquor by the drink.
Nino (Nee-no) Ceritano (S-air-uh-tah-no) is building an Italian restaurant in Pearisburg and wants to serve mixed drinks.
He hired attorney Richard Chidester to get the issue on the ballot.
Chidester says despite what some may think-- there's little chance the restaurant would encourage heavy drinking.
[IN Q=The ]
((RICHARD CHIDESTER/PEARISBURG ATTORNEY:THE COST OF THOSE THINGS IS NOT GOING TO JUSTIFY A PERSON GOING IN AND GETTING DRUNK THERE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND FOUR OR FIVE DOLLARS ON A DRINK IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET DRUNK YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO THE ABC STORE. ))
[SUPER=201-Richard Chidester/Pearisburg Attorney; ]
[OUT Q=abc store.]
Doctor Wayne Brackenrich is a Giles County physician opposed to the mixed drink referendum.
He and the Giles County Christian Coalition recently took out an ad in a local newspaper listing the negative aspects of alcohol.
[IN Q=When I ]
((DR. WAYNE BRACKENRICH/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: WHEN I HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND PRONOUNCE, LIKE I HAD TO DO NOT TO LONG AGO, A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN, AND A MAN AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER ALL DEAD IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS A RESULT OF A DRUNK DRIVE ACCIDENT, IT REALLY CHANGES YOUR WHOLE ASPECT OF THIS SUBJECT. ))
[SUPER=201-Dr. Wayne Brackenrich/Mixed Drink Opponent; :00]
[OUT Q=this subject.]
Right now, Mountain Lake resort is the only place in Giles County where liquor is offered by the drink.
A chain link fence that had become a shrine to the men, women and children killed in the Oklahoma City bombing was taken down yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;]
About 300 people helped remove the fence.
Teddy bears and picture were stil attached to the fence as it was carried away.
The site where the Murrah Federal building once stood is being cleared for a memorial that will be built to remember the victims.
Sections of the fence will be part of that memorial.
[IN Q=It's been a part of my]
[2 SOT 4:02:41-46]
((JERRY BOWERS:IT'S BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE...EVER SINCE IT HAPPENED.
JERRY ADUDDEL/FIRE CHIEF:THIS IS SO INDICTIVE... OF EVERYONE PULLING TOGETHER. ))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Bowers/Husband of Victim; (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Aduddel/Fire Chief; :06(QUICK!!)]
[OUT Q=EVERYONE PULLING TOGETHER.]
168 died in the bombing 3-and-a-half years ago.
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Still no arrest in the murder of the New York doctor killed by a sniper's bullet.
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Barnett Slepian was buried yesterday in suburban Buffalo.
Dr. Slepian performed abortions at a women't clinic and had been the target of threats in the past.
The F-B-I has joined New York police in searching for the gunman.
[IN Q=FBI HAS AUTHORIZED]
(( FBI HAS AUTHORIZED A REWARD...FOR THIS ACT. ))
[SUPER=01-Bernard Tolbert/F. B. I.]
[OUT Q=FOR THIS ACT.]
American and Canadian authorities had issued safety tips to doctors because of four earlier sniper attacks on abortion providers that occurred around Veterans Day.
Slepian's murder sparked debate about abortion and fear among abortion providors.
Both sides condemn his killing, but Operation Rescue director Flip Benham says people also should NOT be surprised by it.
Benham was arrested for trespassing during an anti-abortion rally in Lynchburg last year.
He and his supporters say that as long as the legal system prosecutes people for speaking out.. radical vigilantes are willing to step in.
[IN Q=If that encourages]
((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/BENHAM SUPPORTER: IF THAT ENCOURAGES THE CRAZIES THEN IT'S JUST PART OF THE PROBLEM. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN POSSIBLY STOP PREACHING WHAT IS TRUE AGAINST THE DARKNESS OF OUR LAND, BECAUSE THAT WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE MORE OF THIS KIND OF THING.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Richard Knodel/Benham Supporter; :00]
[OUT Q=kind of thing.]
Meanwhile, local Planned Parenthood offices have warned their doctors and stepped up security in light of Slepian's murder.
The life span of black Virginians is six years less, on average, than that of white Virginians.
That's just one disturbing statistic Virginia lawmakers will hear next month.
And it was unveiled as part of a national teleconference with U-S Surgeon General David Satcher yesterday.
For every one hundred thousand Virginians, 128 whites die of heart disease.
187 blacks die.
Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease.
But twice as many black women in Virginia are letting it get past the untreatable stage and actually dying from it.
[IN Q=We think]
((ROBERT BOLLING/VIRGINIA MINORITY HEALTH DIRECTOR: WE THINK IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT IN EDUCATING BLACK WOMEN TO BE SCREENED EARLY, WHETHER IT'S GETTING MAMMOGRAMS, GOING TO YOUR PHYSICIAN, GETTING IT CHECKED, DOING SELF BREAST EXAMINATIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Bolling/Virginia Minority Health Director;]
[OUT Q=breast examinations.]
Blacks make up about 19-percent of Virginia's population.
But in 1997, blacks comprised 71-percent of all new AIDS cases in the state.
Lawmakers get the full report November 17th.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, a drug that stops the fat-building process could be on the way.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( GOOD MORNING.
LOOKING FOR AN INSTANT CURE FOR THAT BULGING WAISTLINE?
WELL, A MAJOR DISCOVERY COULD LEAD TO BETTER TREATMENTS FOR PEOPLE
WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT.
SAN FRANCISCO RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'VE ISOLATED A KEY ENZYME THAT THE
BODY USES TO BUILD FAT.
THE ENZYME WORKS BY JOINING OTHER MOLECULES TO PRODUCE FATS CALLED
TRIGLYCERIDES-- WHICH MAKE UP MORE THAN 95-PERCENT OF HUMAN FAT TISSUE.
THIS LATEST FIND COULD HELP DEVELOP NEW DRUGS AIMED AT BLOCKING THE
ANOTHER STUDY MAY OFFER SOME HOPE FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING PARALYSIS.
ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF
AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED TO TREAT CANCER.. RECENTLY
HELPED PARALYZED MICE TO WALK AGAIN.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE DRUG, KNOWN AS C-M-1-0-1, APPEARS TO STOP
TEMPORARY DAMAGE TO THE SPINAL CORD FROM SCARRING.. AND CAUSING
SCIENTISTS EXPECT TO BEGIN TESTING THE COMPOUND ON HUMANS.. SOMETIME
MORE AMERICANS ARE FLOCKING TO BOTTLED WATERS BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY
DON'T HAVE-- LEAD, CHLORINE, PESTICIDES.
BUT HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE MOST OF THEM DON'T HAVE -- FLUORIDE.
DENTISTS SAY CHILDREN MAY BE PAYING A HIGH-PRICE FOR THE
BOTTLED-WATER CRAZE.. BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT BE GETTING ENOUGH FLUORIDE..
A MINERAL THAT STRENGTHENS TEETH AND HELPS PREVENT TOOTH DECAY.
THE ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISING SO MUCH CONCERN... THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE
CONTROL MAY CONSIDER LOOKING INTO THE LONG-TERM IMPACT BOTTLED WATER HAS
ON KIDS' TEETH.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
After skimming by Jamaica, Honduras is in the direct path of the most powerful hurricane Central America has seen in a decade.
Hurricane ``Mitch'' has top winds of 180 miles-an-hour.
Forecasters warn there could be catastrophic damage, including mudslides and flash floods.
Although Hurricane ``Mitch'' is far away, high winds from it could delay Thursday's scheduled launch of the space shuttle ``Discovery.''
John Glenn and his crewmates have a 60-percent chance of favorable weather at launch time.
They will undergoes medical exams today and will check out their orange flight suits and other equipment.
And Salem City Council overruled strong objections by residents to a proposal to sell off land for development.
Council members say the development is an economic necessity for the city.
And that's what's making news on this Tuesday October 27-th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
[GRAPHIC=Salem City Seal]
Salem City Council members have voted to sell off part of the Elizabeth Campus despite the objections of dozens of residents.
But Salem needs money, and doesn't have much land,-- council members say in this case, development may be a necessity.
Eric Earnhart reports.
[IN Q=many call it]
[SUPER=01-Harmon Logan/Neighbor; :12]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Snellings/Neighbor; :25]
[SUPER=01-Frankie Robbins/Neighbor; :54]
[SUPER=01-Alex Brown/Council Member; 1:13]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]
(( Many call it their oasis of serenity... this 52 acre patch of green near the Salem Civic Center complex.
Harmon Logan walks her dog here, she says some things are more important than money.
[IN Q=we appreciate]
((HARMON LOGAN/NEIGHBOR; WE APPRECIATE THEIR....
CAN'T BE AN ISSUE....))
[OUT Q=can't be a issue]
It's a tough call for neighbor Chuck Snelling, who loves the area, but knows the city is hurting.
((CHUCK SNELLING/NEIGHBOR IT DEPENDS ON WHATS BEST FOR THE ENTIRE CITY OF SALEM, NOT JUST FOR ONE PARTICULAR AREA, BUT NO ONE WANTS LIGHT INDUSTRY IN THEIR BACK YARD))
[OUT Q="...city of Salem.]
Sentiments echoed at the City Council meeeting, which was NOT an oasis of serenity. Speaker after speaker asked council NOT to sell of part of the land for an assisted living center, saying it would be the beginning of the end for their green space...
Council members countered saying their overall plan would leave 20 acreas untouched...
((FRANKIE ROBBINS/RESIDENT; THE REMAINING BUILDINGS ARE AN ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING, DO WE HAVE PLANS FOR THESE BUILDINGS?
SO HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE 20 ACRES IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH?
[IN Q=If you would please let me]
((ALEX BROWN/COUNCIL MEMBER; IF YOU WOULD PLEASE LET ME SAY SOMETHING AND HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE FOR A MOMENT, I WILL SAY MRS. ROBBINS, THAT WE CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BECAUSE WE'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN THE PAST MANY TIMES, I'VE PERSONALLY BEEN ON COUNCIL FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS))
[OUT Q=past 18 years]
In the end, four of the five council members felt the right thing was to sell the 4 and a half acre tract at at price of 85 thousand dollars an acre... and they promised to keep tight controls on any possible future development of the rest of the site.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Local homebuilders say Roanoke County is considering a plan that could have serious consequences for the county's future.
[IN Q=The average citizen]
((STEVE STRAUSS/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS: THE AVERAGE CITIZEN SHOULD BE CONCERNED BECAUSE THIS IS GUIDING AND DIRECTING WHERE WE WILL GO AS A COUNTY FOR THE NEXT TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Strauss/Roanoke Regional Homebuilders]
[OUT Q=next ten to fifteen years.]
The Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association is unhappy with the proposed comprehensive plan, a document that will guide development in the County.
The builders say the plan does not do enough to promote economic development.
But county officials say the plan is the product of four years of hard work.
[IN Q=I feel it provides]
((TIM GUBALA/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: I FEEL IT PROVIDES THE ADEQUATE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT BASE FOR ROANOKE COUNTY TO DEVELOP MORE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITES IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Gubala/Economic Development Director;]
[OUT Q=in the future.]
The supervisors will consider the new comprehensive plan at a public hearing tonight.
A few million dollars can do a lot of motivating, as Roanoke College is finding out.
A Pennsylvania family donated five-million dollars to the Salem school, the biggest single gift in Roanoke College's 157-year history.
There was one condition though-- School official must match the gift through fundraising by December of 2001.
All of the money will help renovate the Sutton Student center.
The plan is to expand the center to 60-thousand square feet, with increased food preparation space and a larger dining facility.
The center will also house a post office, a bookstore, computer lounge and meeting rooms.
A week from today you'll decide who will represent you in Washington.
We'll spend the next four days displaying snapshots of the local congressional candidates.
Tina Tenret talked with the Democratic challenger in the sixth district.
[IN Q=Mayor David Bowers]
[SUPER=204-File Tape; :05]
[SUPER=201-David Bowers/(D) Congressional Candidate; :15]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]
Mayor David Bowers calls the Roanoke Valley -- a million dollar view.
But he'd rather check out the scene in Washington, from a seat in the U-S Congress.
He's hoping the Democratic ticket will take him there.
[IN Q=I think the number]
((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I THINK THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AS THE CONGRESS MEETS IN JANUARY IN WASHINGTON IS TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY. AFTER THAT I'M IN FAVOR OF TARGETED MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS. I'M GOING TO SUPPORT CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. I'M GOING TO BE VERY PROACTIVE WITH REGARDS TO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. I MEAN LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL PART OF VIRGINIA WE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=PART OF VIRGINIA WE HAVE]
Bowers says his opponent, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, has veered too far right.
He says voters want a change -- and that's why this Democrat thinks he can lead a mostly Republican district.
[IN Q=You know]
((BOWERS: YOU KNOW I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE POLARIZATION OF OUR NATIONAL POLITICS. EVERYTHING'S EITHER DICTATED BY THE LIBERAL LEFTS OR THE FAR RIGHT CONSERVATIVES. WHO STANDS UP FOR THOSE OF US IN THE MIDDLE? WHO STANDS UP FOR MODERATES? WHO SEES SOME VALUE IN DEMOCRATS AND SOME VALUE IN REPUBLICANS?))
[OUT Q=some value in Republicans]
Bowers is used to bridging gaps.
He calls himself the tourism mayor.
Under his watch, the Hotel Roanoke was restored, and minor-league hockey skated into the Roanoke Civic Center.
He also takes credit for the quality of inner-city schools and public safety.
[IN Q=I'm going to]
((I'M GOING TO SEND YOU A CHECK. DAVID BOWERS: OH BOY YOU MADE MY DAY.))
[OUT Q=send you a check]
The promise of money sounds sweet to Bowers, an attorney.
At last count he had only 52-thousand-dollars to spend.
Goodlatte has about fourteen times that much.
So Bowers is banking on the power of personality.
He began his campaign in tiny Monterey at midnight and has been pumping the flesh ever since.
((nat sot meeting and greeting))
But is this underdog really pining for the year 2000 congressional election?
Could this year be a practice run to build name recognition?
Bowers says he's in it to win.
[IN Q=We're going to see]
((WE'RE GOING TO SEE A HARRY TRUMAN UPSET. THE PRESS, THE PUNDITS, THE POLLS ALL SAID HARRY TRUMAN WASN'T GOING TO WIN. BUT THE PEOPLE KNEW BETTER.))
[OUT Q=KNEW BETTER]
[IN Q=I'm running]
((I'M RUNNING FOR MY LIFE. I AM RUNNING FOR MY LIFE. AND I'M RUNNING FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. AND I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS ELECTION.))
[OUT Q=WIN THIS ELECTION]
Bowers has one week to make you too believe.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
A team of law enforcement officers -- including a Democrat -- says it will vote for Republican Bob Goodlatte for Congress.
Sheriffs from the city of Salem plus Bedford and Botetourt counties say they like Bob Goodlatte's tough policies on drugs, school violence and theft.
They say he gives them grant money without interfering in their jobs.
Even Sheriff Reed Kelly, a Democrat, supports Goodlatte.
[IN Q=It's been]
((SHERIFF REED KELLY/BOTETOURT CO.: IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE SEEN A RACE THIS CLEAR, AS FAR AS WHO WILL BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND WHO WILL REPRESENT OUR DISTRICT THE BEST.))
[SUPER=201-Reed Kelly/Botetourt Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=district the best]
The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is also backing Goodlatte for the first time.
In 1996 the group supported Goodlatte's opponent.
But this year members say Goodlatte's answered a list of questions more effectively than his challenger, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.
Bowers was in meetings all afternoon and could not be reached for comment on this issue.
Hurricane ``Mitch'' is closing in on Central America this morning and storm watchers say it could cause catastrophic damage.
[ 04:05:35 ]
Mitch is packing winds of 180 miles an hour, making it a category five storm.
Torrential rains have already lashed the island of Jamaica causing some flooding.
Fortunately Jamaica missed the full strength of the storm.
The storm is now less than 100 miles from Honduras.
It's expected to pound the northwest Caribbean for the next five days.
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John Glenn and the shuttle ``Discovery'' crew are scheduled for medical tests today as the countdown continues toward Thursday's scheduled liftoff.
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;]
Once again Glenn will be a pioneer-- one of the first in space is now the oldest to go into space.
During his 9 day mission Glenn will perform a battery of tests to study the effects of aging, everything from bone loss to sleep disturbance.
((GLENN: ONE WORD OF THIS WHOLE THING.. AND ABOUT THEIR INTEREST IN IT. ))
[OUT Q=their interest in it.]
NASA says the countdown is proceeding smoothly, but forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane ``Mitch.''
Even though the storm will be far away from the Florida launch site, there's a chance it will create gusty winds that could force a delay.
Still looking for that perfect Halloween costume?
Rob Pratt of affiliate W-J-H-L found just the right person at Abingdon's Barder Theater.
[IN Q=It's a new]
[SUPER=01-Dean Gates/Creature Creator; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Robb Pratt/Reporting; :20]
[OUT Q=of his own]
That was Robb Pratt of W-J-H-L reporting.
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Salem City Council will sell four and a half acres of the Elizabeth Campus for an assisted living center.
Council overruled the objections of dozens of citizens who fear the move is the beginning of the end for green-space.
City council says the sale is necessary and it will keep tight control of any future development of the Campus tract.
Area homebuilders say a new comprehensive plan for Roanoke County does not do enough for economic development.
The document will guide future development in the county and comes after four years of work.
Supervisors will consider the plan at a public hearing tonight.
Local anti-abortion activists are speaking out against the murder of a New York abortion doctor.
But Operation Rescue director Flip Benham says people should not be surprised by it.
Meanwhile, Local Planned Parenhood offices have beefed up security in the wake of the murder.
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