Norfolk Southern tries to derail C-S-X'S proposed purchase of Conrail.
And opening statements resume today in the O.J. Simpson civil trial.
A merger announced last week has a new and high priced twist to it.
C- S- X announced its plans to acquire Conrail last week, but yesterday
Norfolk Southern upped the ante.
N-S is offering an all cash buy-out of Conrail stock at 100 dollars a share.
That's higher than the 92- 50 a share offer proposed by C- S- X.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=A Norfolk (bite)
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO; :00
SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
OUT Q=S.P. News 7
IN Q=A Norfolk
((DAVID GOODE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO: A NORFOLK SOUTHERN- CONRAIL COMBINATION IS
ONE THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR ALL OF THE CONSTITUENTS INVOLVED. IT'S GOOD FOR
CONRAIL SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD FOR NORFOLK SOUTHERN SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD
FOR THE SHIPPING PUBLIC BECAUSE IT OFFERS BALANCED COMPETITIVE SERVICE
THROUGHOUT THE EAST. ))
OUT Q=the east
Norfolk Southern officials say the proposed deal between CSX and Conrail
would monopolize rail service on the east coast.
Aside from the higher stock buy out price... the OVERALL deal proposed by N-
S is worth about billion dollars more than the one announced last week with
The choice is now up to Conrail... but if history is any indication, it will
take a while.
Most analysts expect a back and forth bidding war in the coming months.
STAND UP 9:03:15
If Norfolk Southern does win and acquires Conrail, it could open up lots of
opponents up north.
Specifically the New York market.
If it loses, the future is uncertain, many say that Norfolk Southern could
become the victim of a hostile take over later on in the future.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Opening statements for the defense today in the civil trial of O-J Simpson.
Yesterday the attorney for the plaintiffs, Daniel Petrocellin said blood
evidence, the time line, and fiber matches will show Simpson is guilty of the
He told jurors that Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown were defenseless against
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Simpson who was quote armed with a six-inch knife and in a total state of
The trial is expected to last four months.
The path is clear for the construction of a regional jail in Dublin's
Council re-zoned a section of the park, making it possible for the Regional
Jail Authority to buy it, and start construction.
That move angered dozens of Pulaski County residents who live nearby, saying
the jail site is too close to their homes and schools.
They promised to pressure Pulaski County Supervisors to pull out of the
regional jail agreement.
IN Q=I don't think that
((I DON'T THINK THAT WE'RE CONNECTED TO THE POINT RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE TO
PARTICIPATE IN IT, AND IF DUBLIN FEELS THIS WAY ABOUT IT, LET THEM HAVE IT.
BENNY KEISTER/MAYOR; AND I THINK WE OWED TO TO THE AUTHORITY TO GO AHEAD AND
MAKE A DECISION YEA OR NAY AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE COUNCIL DID, THEY'VE
MADE THEIR DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Bob O'Neal/Newbern Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Benny Keister/Mayor; :08
OUT Q=made their decision
A jail authority spokesman told council that if they did not re-zone the
land, the entire jail project could be in jeopardy.
Residents who oppose the project say they may challenge the re-zoning in
Willie Gammon will plead no contest to killing his father and shooting his
stepmother in exchange for not facing the death penalty.
Yesterday the Carroll County prosecutor reduced the capital murder charge
against Gammon to first degree, in exchange for Gammon's pleas of no contest.
He and his younger brother Chris Gammon, who pled guilty earlier, still
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: WITH CHRIS NOW FACING THREE LIFE TERMS AND
WILLIE FACING FOUR LIFE TERMS PLUS 18 YEARS, THESE ARE AS STRONG AS CONVICTIONS
AS THEY GET FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ROBBERY AND AGGRAVATED MALICIOUS WOUNDING.
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=aggravated malicious wounding.
The brothers' stepmother Rebecca Gammon is wheelchair-bound as a result of
She and a family friend say Willie Gammon had threatened to kill his father
for trying to make him get a job.
((DAVID STONE/GARY GAMMON'S FRIEND: HE STOOD RIGHT THERE AND THREATENED HIS
DADDY RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND OTHER WITNESSES. ))
((REBECCA GAMMON/INJURED STEPMOTHER: BUT GARY DIDN'T THINK HE WOULD DO IT, HE
THOUGHT HE WAS JUST MAD ABOUT SOMETHING.))
SUPER=01-David Stone/Gary Gammon's Friend;
SUPER=01-Rebecca Gammon/Injured Stepmother;
OUT Q=MAD ABOUT SOMETHING.
Willie and Chris Gammon may both be sentenced at a hearing in January.
Ben Lilly's younger brother was called to the witness stand yesterday.
Lilly is on trial in Montgomery County for the capital murder of Virginia
Tech student Alexander DeFiLlipis.
But rather than aid the state's case against his brother, Mark Lilly invoked
his right not to incriminate HIMSELF.
((MARK LILLY/DEFENDANT'S BROTHER: I'D LIKE TO TAKE THE FIFTH ON THAT.
QUESTION: YOU DON'T WISH TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS?
YEAH, I'LL TAKE THE FIFTH. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Lilly/Defendant's Brother;
OUT Q=take the fifth.
The prosecutor then played taped statements for the jury, in which Mark told
police it was Ben who pulled the trigger.
Mark Lilly is scheduled to stand trial for his part in the murder next
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia voters have five referenda on their ballots this fall.
Among them the question "should Virginia churches be allowed to
48 other states allow it.
Some church leaders say incorporation would keep Virginia judges from
arbitrary oversight of church business.
But it's the church community itself that's most suspicious of
IN Q=Two hundred
((MIKE CLINGENPEEL/"THE RELIGIOUS HERALD" EDITOR: TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO OR A
LITTLE MORE WHEN WE WERE IN OUR COLONIAL PERIOD, BAPTISTS AND OTHER DISSENTERS
WERE PERSECUTED BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT PART OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH. AND SO
THERE IS STILL -- YOU KNOW ANYTIME THERE IS SORT OF THE ODOR OF GOVERNMENT
CONTROL IN BAPTIST LIFE, PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED.))
SUPER=01-Mike Clingenpeel/"The Religious Herald" Editor; :
OUT Q=are concerned.
Former Senate Majority Leader Hunter Andrews opposed it -- suggesting
individuals with non-religious motives could raise money under the guise of a
IN Q=I think
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I THINK THAT'S A RED HERRING, AS IS
THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE ISSUE. AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE READING TOO
MUCH INTO IT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach;
OUT Q=into it.
The best argument for incorporation, McDonnell says, is corporate liability:
to protect individual parishioners from lawsuits.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
A bidding war is underway for dominance on the east coast's railways.
Norfolk Southern is getting into the bidding action.
Bad news for the crews battling
devastating Southern California wildfires.
The gusty winds that
fueled the fires could return by this
And in Chile, a different approach ended a workers strike.
Truck mounted water cannons were used to break up a demonstration.
And that's what's making news on this Thursday October 24th.
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The defense should get its turn at opening statements later today in O-J
Simpson's wrongful death civil trial.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs wrap up their statements this morning.
Yesterday they began laying the groundwork for motive in the deaths of Ron
Goldman and Nicole Brown, calling Simpson a cold-blooded killer lurking behind
a famous face.
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Simpson was acquitted of murder charges a year ago in his criminal trial.
The civil trial is expected to last 4 months.
Dry Santa Ana winds could return to California today, raising fears of new
Los Angeles is preparing for the worst, planning to put all
firefighters on alert.
The winds died down yesterday allowing fire crews to fully contain the most
destructive fire -- a blaze that burned scores of homes in northern San Diego
Since Monday, wildfires have destroyed more than 100 homes and
blackened 37-thousand acres, mostly in the southern part of the state.
President Clinton has declared a state of emergency in three California
A second Boeing 7-0-7 cargo plane has crashed in South America in as many
The jet crashed in Argentina while attempting an emergency landing.
Two crew members were killed and six were seriously injured.
The plane was transporting 25 tons of fish from Chile.
Tuesday night, another Boeing 7-0-7, also carrying fish, crashed in Ecuador
killing the plane's four crew members and 21 people on the ground.
At least 60 more were injured.
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Last week C-S-X announced it was buying Conrail, but now another company is
bidding for it.
Norfolk Southern yesterday offered Conrail nine- point- 15- billion dollars.
That topped last week's bid by one billion dollars.
A merger between Conrail and either Virginia company would create the
third-biggest railroad in the country.
The Canadian Auto Workers strike is over this morning.
Yesterday Union members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with General
Meanwhile, G-M's talks with the United Auto Workers in the U-S
The key issue in the U-S talks -- as in Canada -- is G-M's practice of
farming out parts work to outside, lower-cost suppliers.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
OUT Q=(water cannons)
In Chile, hundreds of striking workers were injured when police used water
cannons and tear gas to break up a demonstration.
Truck mounted water cannons drenched and dispersed marchers heading for a
rally outside of Chile's main labor confederation.
Fourteen civil servants' unions called the one day strike to demand wage
increases and to protest moves to privatize some state run services, which
strikers say will mean thousands of layoffs.
Dozens of citizens were angered last night when the Dublin Town Council
cleared the way for construction of a regional jail in the Dublin industrial
Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=They expected a factory
SUPER=01-Arnold Edwards/Neighbor; :10
SUPER=01-Brad Nelson/Neighbor; :27
SUPER=01-Roy Lloyd/Regional Jail Authority; :47-quick
SUPER=01-Benny Keister/Mayor; 1:00
SUPER=01-Bob O'Neal/Newbern Resident; 1:16
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( They expected a factory... they say they can handle that... But living
next to the site of the future Regional Jail has rattled these residents.
IN Q=they don't want it
((ARNOLD EDWARDS, NEIGHBOR; THEY DON'T WANT IT, WE KNOCK ON DOORS, THEY DON'T
KNOW ABOUT IT, AND WE ASK THEM AND THEY SAY NO, NO JAIL.))
OUT Q=no jail
The main thing motivating these residents is fear. They're afraid to live next
door to jail inmates. And no amount of security fencing, walls, or razor wire
is going to change that.
IN Q=I used to own a gun
((BRAD NELSON, NEIGHBOR; I USED TO HAVE A GUN, WHEN MY SON WAS BORN I SOLD IT
BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID HE MIGHT HURT HIMSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE, AND NOW I'M
WONDERING IF I DON'T HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER ONE.))
OUT Q=buy another one
An angry crowd faced the Dublin Town Council, as they decided whether to
re-zone the land to allow a jail... land they promised to the Regional Jail
Authority a year ago.
IN Q=I don't know
((ROY LLOYD/REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY; I DON'T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE
PROJECT IF SUDDENLY WE DIDN'T HAVE A SITE.))
OUT Q=have a site.
Lloyd inferred that it might lose 10 million dollars in state funding.
Council finally voted 5 to 1 to approve the re-zoning.
IN Q=and I think we
((BENNY KEISTER/MAYOR; AND I THINK WE OWED IT TO THE AUTHORITY TO GO AHEAD AND
MAKE A DECISION YEA OR NAY AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE COUNCIL DID, THEY'VE
MADE THEIR DECISION.))
OUT Q=made their decision
Jail opponents say they'll challenge the rezoning in Circuit Court, and
pressure Pulaski County Supervisors to pull out of the regional jail agreement.
IN Q=I don't think
((BOB O'NEAL/NEWBERN; I DON'T THINK THAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO THE POINT RIGHT NOW
THAT WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN IT, AND IF DUBLIN FEELS THIS WAY ABOUT IT, LET
THEM HAVE IT.))
OUT Q=let them have it
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
A tractor- trailer got a little waterlogged yesterday in Montgomery County.
The driver lost control of his rig and smashed it into the Pepper's Ferry
Road pumping station.
Authorities say the driver was NOT injured.
The Blacksburg- Christiansburg- V-P-I water authority owns the booster
They were able to bypass it, and pump water into both communities.
Some customers in the Belmont Farms neighborhood may have lost water
temporarily-- but other residents should have their normal service.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The ownership of Roanoke's old Dumas Hotel does not look like it will
change hands any too soon and a group from Henry Street is not happy.
They want the building returned to its former owners, so they brought their
protest from the sidewalk to city council.
Two weeks ago, council voted to forgive a 212-thousand dollar loan that
Total Action Against Poverty used to help pay for the renovation of the
Yesterday, the protestors asked council to reconsider the decision.
IN Q=Its former owners intent
((VERNICE LAW: ITS FORMER OWNERS' INTENT AND DESIRE IS TO ALLOW BLACK COMMUNITY
OWNERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN A BUILDING THAT IS SO RICH IN OUR CULTURE AND
OUT Q=in our culture and history.
City Council did not reconsider the vote, but members say they are hopeful
the Henry Street Committee can help to resolve the controversy.
Health officials are investigating some cases of Legionnaires' Disease in
the New River Valley.
It's an acute form of pneumonia-- and in some cases, it's fatal.
Legionnaires' Disease is usually triggered by environmental factors-- like
contaminated air conditioning cooling towers or moist soil.
The illness is NOT spread person to person.
Three people in the New River Valley have been diagnosed with the
disease-- all are now hospitalized, and there's no apparent connection between
It did not take long for Norfolk Southern to react.
Just one week after C-S-X announced it would try to buy out Conrail....
Norfolk Southern says it's made an offer that Conrail can not refuse.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern C.E.O.; :13
SUPER=04-File Tape; :31
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons; :47
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((Norfolk Southern is coming full steam down the track... trying to knock
off CSX... and acquire Conrail.
SOT 13:27:20 NS VNR tape
IN Q=It's a much
((DAVID GOODE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO: IT'S A MUCH BETTER OFFER. THE OFFER THAT WE
HAVE MADE IS FOR A HUNDRED DOLLARS CASH UP FRONT FOR THE CONRAIL SHARE HOLDERS.
I'M SURE THEY WILL FIND THAT MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THE 92- 50 PARTIAL CASH,
PARTIAL STOCK OFFER WHICH HAS A WEIGHTED VALUE CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THAT. ))
OUT Q=than that
The proposal will likely start a back and forth bidding war between CSX and
N- S claims the planned merger between Conrail and CSX would cause a rail
hauling monopoly on the east coast.
If Norfolk Southern wins out, it would be able to tap into a number of
northeast markets, like New York.
But if it loses... Norfolk Southern's future is unclear.
SOT 4:10:19 Brammer tape
IN Q=If Norfolk
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: IF NORFOLK SOUTHERN DOES NOT WIN IN THIS
BID FOR CONRAIL, THEN THEY MAY BE THE SUBJECT OF A TAKEOVER FROM BURLINGTON
NORTHERN SOMETIME DOWN THE ROAD. ))
OUT Q=the road
That would likely be a HOSTILE takeover... and bring about uncertainty for
the 35- hundred LOCAL Norfolk Southern employees.
Stand up 9:05:30
Before either deal can be finalized, it has to have the approval of the
Federal government and Conrail Stock holders.
At this point, CSX has no comments on the Norfolk Southern proposal, but
most analysts say CSX will sweeten the deal at some point in the future.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Virginia is one of only two states that does not allow churches to
But that's one of five ballot questions Virginians will see on Election Day.
Ellen Qualls reports the referendum was requested by some churches who felt
judges were arbitrary in their oversight of church business.
IN Q=But when
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7 Primetime.
But when the General Assembly approved it twice to get it on the ballot this
fall, another argument was popular.
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: CURRENTLY CHURCHES ARE DEEMED TO BE
UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS. AND BY THAT, THERE EXISTS A POSSIBILITY THAT ALL
THE MEMBERS OF THAT ORGANIZATION, I.E. ALL THE CHURCH-GOERS, PARISHIONERS COULD
BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOME OTHER MEMBER FOR SOME TORT THAT
OCCURRED ON THE CHURCH PROPERTY. AND THAT'S NOT FAIR. INCORPORATION WOULD
TAKE CARE OF THAT.))
Former state Senator Hunter Andrews opposed it -- worrying that individuals
could incorporate as a church to extort money under the guise of religious
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: WELL THE STATE WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO BE VIGILANT IN
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ABUSING THE PROCESS. THAT'S TRUE WITH MOST OF
THE LAWS WE HAVE ENACTED TODAY.))
TACK STANDUP ON HERE
The number one concern church leaders themselves have is government
interference into religion.
So the ballot question is written to allow churches to incorporate -- NOT
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Primetime.
During an appearance yesterday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, religious
broadcaster Pat Robertson said that Bob Dole's presidential campaign is inept.
Robertson was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in
The Virginia Beach-based broadcaster says he would "not" run a campaign the
way Dole has.
A spokesman for Dole's Virginia campaign -- said such criticism is not
helpful to Dole's chances against President Clinton.
He said he hopes Robertson's followers won't be so discouraged that they stay
home November 5th.
New developments yesterday in a Halifax County triple murder case.
Raleigh Dean Martin was in court yesterday morning for a motions hearing.
The 35- year- old was arrested Election Night a year ago for killing his
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./November 1995;
He's also charged with killing a couple in a neighboring home.
32- year- old Joseph Siffert, Junior and his girlfriend Barbara Hackney were
discovered shot to death the same night.
In court yesterday, the judge ruled Martin's attorney could spend up to 5-
thousand dollars to hire a private investigator.
IN Q=In a case
((CHARLES COSBY/MARTIN'S ATTORNEY: IN A CASE OF THIS MAGNITUDE WE THINK THAT
HAVING AN INVESTIGATORS WILL CERTAINLY HELP US BETTER PREPARE THE CASE AND MAKE
SURE THAT WE LEAVE NO STONE UN-TURNED. ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Cosby/Martin's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=stone unturned.
Circuit Judge Charles McCormick is pushing to have the case heard in early
A 42- year- old Northwest Roanoke man was fatally shot in the head by his
wife early yesterday morning.
Garret Wayne Cunningham and Rhonda Banks Cunningham were arguing at their
home on 10th Street.
She told police she went to get a gun once the argument began, because of
"violence in the past."
At first she put the weapon to her own head out of frustration.
When she lowered it, her husband lunged for the gun, and it went off.
The bullet struck him in the head.
He died at the hospital.
The mother of five has not been charged, but the investigation is not over.
GRAPHIC=Frankie Lee Hall
Marine Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall collected more honors yesterday from
Roanoke City Council and from the two teenagers he rescued from a burning car.
Hall first encountered Nicole Hicks and Kevin Ballinger on September 24th,
when their car collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 5-81 and caught
Their second meeting came yesterday afternoon, as Mayor David Bowers
awarded Hall a key to the city for his heroism.
IN Q=I just respect
((VOICE OF KEVIN BALLINGER: I JUST RESPECT HIM FOR HIS COURAGE.))
((VOICE OF NICOLE HICKS: I JUST THANK THAT HE WAS THERE CAUSE IF HE WASN'T, I
DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'D BE, OR IF WE WOULD BE HERE.))
OUT Q=if we would be here.
City Council approved a resolution honoring Hall, and Chief Jim Grigsby
presented a plaque declaring Hall an honorary lifetime member of the Roanoke
Fire and E- M- S Department.
In Atlanta last night-- the New York Yankees came from a 6 to nothing
deficit to beat the Braves and even the series at 2 games apiece.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Fox Sports;
This guy had a chance to win one million dollars if he threw a strike. He
missed, and picked up 50 grand instead.
The Braves did not need any pitching help early. They jumped out to a 6-0
But the Yankees fought back.
Cecil Fielder got things started off with a 2 run double.
And Jim Leyritz tied things up with a 3- run homer in the eight inning.
The score stayed tied through the 9th, forcing extra innings.
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Steve Avery came on in relief with the score tied in the 10th, but he walked
Wade Boggs, forcing in the winning run.
The Yankees go on to win in 8 to 6.