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The battle for railroad giant Conrail is over.
C-S-X and Norfolk Southern have agreed to split the railroad.
Conrail agreed to the split as part of its merger with C-S-X.
The two railroads sought a friendly merger, but Norfolk Southern mounted a
hostile battle after it feared it would lose crucial rail lines in the
The ten and a-half billion dollar deal would transform the freight rail
system in the heavily congested north, where Conrail has dominated for more
than two decades.
New leads tonight in the Olympic Park Bombing- and several other recent
explosions in Atlanta.
As Jim Stewart reports, the bombings all shared key components.
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OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((The first clue that there may be a link between the crimes came from
here...the Department of Energy's National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Metallurgical tests on debris from Atlanta's Olympic Park explosion showed
a similarity between it and fragments left over from two explosions outside
an Atlanta abortion clinic earlier this year ....and a bomb that went off
outside a gay and lesbian nightclub in Atlanta two weeks ago.
Sources tell CBS News it is far to early to say for certain the three
crimes were committed by the same person or persons...but that odds are -
quote- "beginning to shift in that direction."
Investigators say they have two additional forensic tests to finish before
they reach a conclusion...and that one dissimilarity they can't explain is
that the Olympic bomb was made from black powder...while the other two bombs
were constructed from dynamite.
Meanwhile....agents pouring over photographs and video taken in Centennial
park the night of the Olympic bombing have zeroed in on six people they would
like to question. One of the photographs is described as enhanced to the point
of being virtually unrecognizable.
The photographs of five other people, however, are expected to be released
at an FBI news conference in Atlanta next week. The bureau will apparently seek
the public's help in locating the five people, all of whom were near the blast
site .....and two of whom were described as carrying backpacks. The Olympic
bomb was hidden inside a military-style knapsack when it exploded. Jim Stewart,
CBS News, Washington.))
A federal court decides U-S Air was negligent in the 1994 crash that killed
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Flight 10-16 went down near the Charlotte Airport in a thunderstorm.
Jurors said U-S Air's negligence was not intentional-
That means the airline now known as U-S Airways can not be held liable for
wrongful death claims.
IN Q=The decision
((NANCY ROHRBACH/US AIRWAYS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT: THE DECISION TODAY DOES NOT
DETRACT FROM THE FACT, THAT FOR US AIRWAYS AS FOR ALL AIRLINES IN THIS COUNTRY,
SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.))
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OUT Q=our first priority.
Safety officials say a strong wind slammed the jet into the ground as it
tried to land.
The airline says traffic controllers did not alert the crew to the storm.
It can be a dangerous, even deadly sport, but bull riders in Bedford County
say they'd sooner die than give up rodeo riding.
Steve Smallshaw takes us inside the ring where eight seconds can seem like a
IN Q=The night began
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SUPER=01-Dude Vosler/Bull Rider; :57
SUPER=01-Buster Ferrell/Bull Rider; 1:30
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( The night began with a tribute to 28- year- old Ronald Phillipe, the Bedford
County man who died last week after the bull he'd been riding stepped on him.
It was a sobering moment, but for the forty or so cowboys here it was
They come here from as far away as New Jersey and Pennsylvania to compete
for modest cash prizes and the thrill of conquering these massive animals.
Two of them have died inside this ring in the last year, but organizers say
every safety precaution is taken.
IN Q=They all have
((BOB WILLIAMS/RODEO ORGANIZER: THEY ALL HAVE TO WEAR A VEST... THAT'S
OUT Q=that's guaranteed.
IN Q=The ambulance
((The ambulance parked outside serves as a constant reminder of the everpresent
danger that lurks INSIDE the ring. But rodeo riders say their love for the
sport makes the risk worthwhile. ))
OUT Q=risk worthwhile.
IN Q=It's a risky
((DUDE VOSLER/BULL RIDER: IT'S A RISKY GAME... ..BEFORE YOU START.))
OUT Q=before you start.
17- year- old Buster Ferrell's father rode bulls.. Buster hopes to make this
IN Q=It's just always
((BUSTER FERRELL/BULL RIDER: IT'S JUST ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE.. LIVING MY
OUT Q=living my dream.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Police arrested eight teens at Northside High School and charged them with
trespassing, possession of a handgun on school property, and possession of
marijuana with intent to distribute.
Police found this nine-millimeter handgun along with 13 golf-ball-sized bags
of marijuana in cars belonging to the teens.
The teens are NOT students and apparently were wandering around IN the
Authorities say the teens became belligerent and refused to leave.
IN Q=They were in
((OFFICER T.M. MILES/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: THEY WERE IN A VERBAL ALTERCATION
WITH THE PRINCIPAL WHO WAS TRYING TO HAVE THEM LEAVE, WASN'T DOING ANYTHING OUT
OF THE ORDINARY OTHER THAN, YOU KNOW, GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE PARKING
LOT, HE WAS CURSED AT.))
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OUT Q=cursed at.
One of the teens told police he was looking for a student-- but police don't
know if they intended to use the gun or distribute the marijuana at the school.
Salem officials are trying to figure out what caused a school bus fire
The driver had dropped off students from East Salem Elementary and was
heading to the garage, when she noticed white smoke coming from an electrical
She stopped the bus and went to get help.
When she came back, the bus was in flames.
No one was hurt.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Attorney General Jim Gilmore defends the
states only black Congressional district,
And a Richmond woman could be the lastest person to die with the assistance
of suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian.
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It appears the latest person to die with Jack Kevorkian's help- is from
Police are investigating the death of 59 year old Helen Livengood.
She apparently took a charter plane from Richmond to Detroit.
Police say she died last night at the Hilton Hotel in Romulus- just west of
Jack Kevorkian's attorney is now also representing Livengood's family.
He says Livengood suffered from crippling arthritis and had been confined
to a wheel chair.
((GEOFFREY FEIGER/LIVENGOOD FAMILY ATTORNEY: SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN WHO FELT VERY
STRONGLY AND I WANT TO USE HER WORLDS THAT SHE HAD THE SAME RIGHT TO CHOSE AT
THE END OF HER LIFE AS HER SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.))
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Feiger/Livengood Family Attorney;
OUT Q=SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST."
Feiger would not say if Kevorkian was involved in the death.
Livengood is survived by her husband and 14 siblings.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is defending the state's only black majority
congressional district to a higher court.
Gilmore says he's appealing to show the state had a compelling interest for
the funny-looking district.
IN Q=But we
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: BUT WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY
WHAT THE COURT IS TELLING US ABOUT THE LINE OF CASES WE'VE JUST SEEN ....SOLID
GUIDANCE ON THIS.))
((SO I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD RUSH TO DRAW A DISTRICT UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT THE LAW
SAYS, WHAT IS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW, AND UNTIL ALL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW THEY
WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE RE-DRAWING OF THE LINES.))
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :19
OUT Q=the lines.
Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott, represents the third
1997 is one of the premier years in Virginia politics.
Voters pick a governor, a lieutenant governor, and an attorney general.
Monday, Don Beyer kicks off his campaign.
Ellen Qualls has the big picture.
IN Q=Virginia Democrats
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Virginia Democrats have known what they wanted since George Allen was
elected four years ago.
AND Alexandria car dealer Don Beyer.
Beyer's unopposed for the top of the ticket.
Former fifth district Congressman and Wintergreen developer L.F. Payne is
alone in his quest for the lieutenant governor nod.
And 1993 nominee and Arlington attorney Bill Dolan's back for the attorney
general nomination... also unopposed.
So the most cost-effective route for the candidates is a May 10th convention
in Richmond, like this one last year in Hampton.
Virginia Republicans, in contrast, must narrow a field of eight down to
three for their statewide ticket.
NO convention this time around.
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: IN 93 AND 94, WE HAD IN EXCESS OF 15-
THOUSAND PEOPLE, FORCING US TO RENT OUT LARGER AUDITORIUMS LIKE THE RICHMOND
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: BUT BEING THAT THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT
CHARGING OF THOSE FEES WAS CONTRARY TO THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT, WE CAN NO
LONGER DO THAT.))
So for that reason, and to cut down on in-fighting and hopefully to inspire
more voters early on in the process, the party's holding a June 10th primary.
At the top of the ticket, of course, Attorney General Jim Gilmore...a former
Henrico County prosecutor.
But the competition to run with Gilmore for lieutenant governor is three
Party treasurer and former tobacco executive John Hager.
McLean charter jet entrepreneur Coleman Andrews.
And Fauquier Delegate Jay Katzen.
Former public safety secretary Jerry Kilgore of Scott County is in a field
of four for attorney general.
He's joined by Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle...Chesapeake Senator Mark
Earley...and McLean attorney Gil Davis.
Expect record campaign dollars to flow.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, Robin Reed will have your weekend forecast,
and we'll see how a little girl's science project is getting some national
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It started off as a science project... but it's turned into much more for a
Ferrum Elementary School student.
Scott Prince explains.
IN Q=Most folks
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SUPER=01-Christine Krawczel/Grade School Writer; (QUICK!!!) :30
SUPER=01-Tim Krawczel/Christine's Dad; :42
OUT Q=S.P., N- 7, Franklin Co.
n Most folks agree that salt is a necessary weapon when battling the winter
But what effect does it have on the environment once the snow is gone?
That's what a Ferrum Elementary School teacher asked her students last year.
IN Q=From there
((BETH CROW/FERRUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER: FROM THERE, THAT'S WHERE
CHRISTINE TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO INVESTIGATE. ))
OUT Q=to investigate
"Christine" is 10- year- old Christine Krawczel.
Her report on salt not only netted her extra credit points... but national
recognition as well.
Christine's paper was published in last month's edition of "Dragonfly"... a
science magazine for kids.
IN Q=I didn't
((CHRISTINE KRAWCZEL/GRADE SCHOOL WRITER: I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD GO THAT FAR!
OUT Q=that far
Christine conducted an experiment to see if salt had any effect on plants
She got some help... but not that much according to her dad.
IN Q=We helped
((TIM KRAWCZEL/CHRISTINE'S DAD: WE HELPED HER BUY THE CUPS AND PUT THE DIRT IN
IT. SHE PUT THE STUFF TOGETHER, WATERED IT AND FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING
AND WHAT WASN'T HAPPENING. SHE DID WHAT SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO DO IN TERMS OF
MANAGING THE PROJECT THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. ))
OUT Q=way through
Christine found that salt stunted and even killed certain plants.
She's knows the importance of road salt, but she's hoping for something less
damaging to the environment.
IN Q=If they
((CHRISTINE KRAWCZEL: IF THEY COME UP WITH ANOTHER SOLUTION TO KEEP THE ROADS
FROM NOT GETTING ICY, I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT USING SALT FOR THEM. ))
OUT=salt for them
Who knows... maybe she'll be the one to come up with an alternative.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.
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Highlights of state quarterfinal high school boy's basketball wins by
Liberty, Glenvar and Floyd coming up tonight.
Also, highlights of all four ACC games from today.
Plus, the Express wins and the Gordon other and Jeff wins the pole at
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Ed Scott, the former Patrick Henry field boss has agreed to take over the
program at James Wood high school in Winchester.
He spent 7 years at Patrick Henry before quitting this last November.
Before coming to PH he coached Park View to a state title during his 14 year
stay at that school.
The rest of the sports coming up right after this break.
go to break
A wild and wooly day at the ACC tournament in Greensboro came to a close this
evening with Virginia taking on North Carolina in the fourth and final
quarterfinal game of the day.
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As expected Carolina's inside game was tough in the first half as Serge
Zwicker's jam gives UNC a 34-to-28 halftime lead.
That lead was into double figures in the second half thanks to plays this
this Okalajua slam dunk follow shot in the paint.
But UVa just would not go away.
Curtis Staples nails the three pointer to cut the lead to 3.
Then Courtney Alexander throws in a bomb from the right side and ties the
game at 59-all with just over 5 minutes to go.
But Carolina would take over the rest of the way as they knock Virginia out
of the ACC tourney with the 78 to 68 win.
Virginia is now 18-and-12 on the season.
The Tarheels will now face two time defending champ Wake Forest, a 66-to-65
survivor against Florida State.
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The Seminoles beat Wake earlier this year, so most thought this would be
However, Tim Duncan scored 31 points to put Wake up by a dozen in the second
But FSU would retaliate with 6-11 SUPER=33-Wake Forest/66/Florida St./65;
Randall Jackson leading finishing the transition hoop with the score.
But Wake prevails 66-to-65.
The upset of day took place in the afternoon session as North Carolina State
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Coach K and the Blue Devils had a comfortable lead at this point in the
Jeff Capel takes it to the hoop and scores off the glass Duke led 42 to
But the Wolfpack rallied Jeremy Hyatt's three put State ahead, and he
scored this layup to make it 50 to 46 State.
Clint Harrison put the icing on SUPER=33-Duke/60/N.C. State/66/;the cake
with the jam as time was running out and N.C. State upsets Duke 66 to 60.
wipe to eng#
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The Wolfpack now plays Maryland in the semi-finals tomorrow.
Gary Williams' team watched Clemson get within five points with 5:30 to play
on this inside hoop by Harold Jamison.
It's 59-to-54 Maryland.
But the Terps regrouped and put it SUPER=33-Maryland/76/Clemson/61;
away down the stretch as Terrell Stokes hits the 3 ball and Maryland beats
Liberty is headed back to the state Group Two-A final four.
Tonight in Rustburg, the Minutemen played 32 solid minutes in a 92 to 75
win over Martinsville.
Roy Stanley has more.
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SUPER=01-Troy Wells/Martinsville Head Coach; :48
SUPER=01-Rodney Morris/16 Points; 1:14
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; 1:23
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
The Group A quarterfinal round featured a doubleheader down at the Dedmon
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Art Lawrence's Highlanders were ready to get this opener over and move on.
But first they had to put away J.I. Burton.
And the boys from Norton looked sharp early as Isaac Adkins knocks in the
short jumper for two of his team high 24 points.
But it was all Glenvar after that as they pad a 13 point halftime lead with
Josh Williamson going coast to coast for the layin and foul. He finished with
Glenvar kept hammering the Black SUPER=33-Glenvar/75/J.I. Burton/69;
Raiders as Williamson gives it to Chris Evans. He scores 18 and the
Highlanders advance to the final four with 75-to-69 win.
IN Q="Great victory...
((ART LAWRENCE/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...to state."
SUPER=04-Floyd Co. vs. Haysi; :00
In the nightcap, Alan Cantrell's Buffaloes had their hands full with Haysi.
The Region D champs were hot early as Heath Sutherland finds Cory Bostic for
the drive and score and the lead.
The Buffs then went to work with Adam Harris assisting Travis Cantrell on the
three point bucket to tie it..
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Floyd continued to hang on as Jason Dalton scores off the Alan Underwood pass
and Floyd beats Haysi 84 to 72.
Still to come tonight, qualifying results from Atlanta,
and highlights from the Roundhouse as the Roanoke Express looks to jump the
The Roanoke Express came into tonight's game with Charlotte leading the
Checkers by just a point in the East Division standings.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
The Express still has hopes of catching Richmond so, tonight's game was huge.
But it was Charlotte that came out with the hot hand. Number 22, Matt
Robbins fires the shot from the right side and number 11 Eric Boulton tips it
in. The Checkers jumped on top 2-to-nothing.
But Roanoke would rally with Jeff Jablonski blasting one in from the left
side. Nick Vitucci doesn't even see it as Roanoke starts to come back.
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The Checkers went up 3-to-1, but Roanoke came back with a flurry of offense
and the Express is able to win it 6-to-5 in a shootout.
Raleigh is in town tomorrow night.
The Winston Cup cars are outside Atlanta this weekend for the Primestar 500,
and a Gordon other than Jeff won the pole.
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Mark Martin qualified on the outside of row one with a speed of 185 point 918
miles an hour.
That wasn't a surprise but this is.
Rookie Robby Gordon won the pole at 186 and half miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Robby Gordon/186.507/2. Mark Martin//3. Darrell Waltrip//4. Dick
Trickle//5. Hut Stricklin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Lake Speed//7. Ted Musgrave//8. Geoff Bodine//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-11. Billy Standridge//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Ricky Craven//14.
Jeremy Mayfield//15. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-16. Rick Mast//17. Ernie Irvan//18. Bobby Hamilton//19. David
Green//20. Sterling Marlin//;
SUPER=0107-21. Morgan Shepherd//22. Terry Labonte//23. Jeff Gordon//24. Mike
Skinner//25. Ricky Rudd//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Rusty was 35th slowest, and Earnhardt's 43rd slowest.
The Roanoke County School Board faces a five- million dollar gap between an
estimate of school needs and expected revenues.
But today, officials said they do NOT expect to sacrifice teacher raises or
buying essential equipment to balance the budget.
This morning, School Superintendent Deanna Gordon was inspecting computer
equipment assembled by students at the Arnold Burton Technology Center.
She said she's confident the school board will be able to balance the
budget without serious trauma.
IN Q=Without serious trauma
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WITHOUT SERIOUS TRAUMA TO
OUR PROGRAMS OR HOPEFULLY TO SALARY RAISES THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED. AND OF
COURSE THE IMPORTANT THING TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT THIS IS NOT YET THE SCHOOL
BOARD'S OR THE SUPERINTENDENT'S BUDGET.))
OUT Q=or the superintendent's budget.
Meanwhile, the students say they want to do their part.
They assembled 43 personal computers, saving the school system thousands of
dollars, and they hope to build more in the future.