Today on News 7 at 5, another factory lays off workers. This time it's more than 160 in Pulaski.
Plus one denomination puts a vote about an openly gay minister on hold.
It's the dreaded broken record forecast. Passing thunderstorms mixed with partly sunny skies and high humidity for the entire week. Details ahead.
On Health Check, we'll show you a simple test that helps diagnose Alzheimer's Disease at an earlier age.
And, why more Americans are being diagnosed with AIDS.
Plus a recently discovered film sheds new light on a Hollywood legend.
News 7 at 5 is next.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 ]
The future of Victory Stadium has been a heated topic for debate for several months now. Today Roanoke City Council is addressing the issue.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon/Joe /Microwave;]
Joe Dashiell is in Downtown Roanoke with the latest. Joe, is this any closer to resolution.
[DOUBLE BOXES= /Microwave;]
Another textile company in our area is laying off workers.
Renfro Corporation today announced it will permanently terminate 166-jobs at its Pulaski plant, beginning in October.
The company makes socks, including the Fruit of the Loom brand.
Officials blame the layoffs on a weak economy and foreign competition, as well as a reduction in consumer demand.
A majority of the affected workers say they weren't surprised by the news, but have no place to go.
[SOT 4911-4915; 4355-4403]
[IN Q=i'm just]
((SHELBY COLE: I'M JUST GOING TO TRY TO FIND SOMETHING ELSE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE?
ANITA CHRISLEY: THIS AREA'S PRETTY SLACKED WITH WORK RIGHT NOW JUST HAVE TO HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR EVERYBODY.))
[SUPER=01-Shelby Cole; :00 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Anita Chrisley; :05]
[OUT Q=for everybody]
Renfro is based in Mount Airy, North Carolina and employs more than 47-hundred people worldwide.
The Pulaski plant, which has been in business since 1987, employs 536-people.
Verizon workers remain on the job, but they're prepared to walk out if contract negotiations break down.
Today, informational leaflets were passed out and employees wore red to show solidarity.
Union leaders say morale is good and they'll continue to work as long as good- faith contract negotiations continue.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Our employees are]
((GUY ANGELL: OUR EMPLOYEES ARE ON THE JOB AS SCHEDULED. THEY SAY THAT THERE HAS BEEN SOME PROGRESS MADE IN NEGOTIATIONS, BOTH SIDES ARE STILL AT THE TABLE. FEDERAL MEDIATORS ARE STILL MEETING WITH BOTH SIDES SO THINGS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Guy Angell/CWA Local 2204 President;]
[OUT Q=looking pretty good]
A company spokesman says he would also like to see a speedy agreement, but there are certain issues that must be addressed.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=If we need the]
((PAUL MILLER: IF WE NEED THE WORKERS IN VIRGINIA FOR EXAMPLE AND WE DON'T NEED THEM IN A PLACE LIKE PENNSYLVANIA FOR EXAMPLE WE WOULD LIKE THE ABILITY TO MOVE THOSE JOBS TO VIRGINIA, BUT TODAY WE CAN'T DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=we can't do that]
The union's contract expired Saturday at midnight, but is still being honored by the company.
The two sides are negotiating in Washington D-C.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 5]
Allegations of misconduct have delayed a controversial vote for one of the nation's largest denominations.
The vote has been postponed after last minute allegations surfaced at the Episcopal church's meeting in Minneapolis.
Scott Rapoport has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS NEW YORK]
((AN 11TH HOUR BOMBSHELL...IN THE VOTE TO CONFIRM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH'S
FIRST OPENLY GAY BISHOP.
THE RATIFICATION OF REVEREND GENE ROBINSON WAS ABRUPTLY
POSTPONED...AMIDST ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING WHAT A CHURCH SPOKESMAN TERMS
"TOUCHING" AND "PORNOGRAPHY", ALLEGATIONS THAT SO FAR ARE
Reverend Robinson is a 56 year old divorced father of two, who's been
in a committed relationship with the same man for the last 13 years.
In Minneapolis, church leaders were deciding whether Robinson would be
permitted to serve in the New Hampshire Diocese...when news of the
Robinson was approved yesterday by a panel of clergy and lay people.
"It is a move that opponent's say (could, would, will) fracture the
church. a move that's already left some of the faithful deeply divided."
Sot: "Nowhere in the scriptures does it affirm homosexuality."
Sot: "Brothers and sisters, let us not pass judgement."
The Robinson case has riled church conservatives...and brought on
threats of a split in the 77 million-member Anglican church.
While some see the ratification of Robinson as a move toward inclusion
and tolerance...there are others who say electing Robinson is tantamount
to the church blessing same-sex marriages.
Nat/Sot Music in Church...
Now, the faithful on both sides are in turmoil...wondering what and who
Scott Rapoport...CBS News...New York.
The White House is squashing a rumor that Secretary of State Colin Powell will quit if President Bush wins a second term.
White House Spokesman Scott McClellan says there's no basis for the story.
In fact, McClellan says Powell will meet with the President this week to discuss foriegn policy matters.
(///// SOT at :11 /////)
[SOT at :]
[IN Q=The President thinks he's doing...]
[SUPER=01-Scott McClellan/White House Press Secretary;]
((Scott McClellan/White House Press Secretary: THE PRESIDENT THINKS HE'S DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND APPRECIATES THE JOB THAT HE IS DOING. THE PRESIDENT LOOKS FORWARD TO SECRETARY POWELL CONTINUING TO WORK WITH HIM IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY REALM.))
[OUT Q=in our foreign policy realm.]
McClellan said the need to fill a news "void" is most likely the culprit for what he called the "rumor mill".
Still to come on the newscast, the Commonwealth offers delinquent tax payers a deal.
plus a plane Crash in Connecticut kills two people and leaves 13 homeless.
[COMM 1 ]
A small jet crash in Connecticut killed two people and left 13 homeless.
The Learjet was approaching an airport when it clipped a vacant home, then cut through two others, setting them on fire. The plane then broke apart and landed in a river.
One witness says the plane did a cartwheel and exploded.
Officials say nobody on the ground was seriously hurt. One woman was treated for minor injuries after she jumped out a first-floor window of her home.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was arriving from an airport in Farmingdale, New York.
A report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some alarming statistics on the number of HIV cases in the US. With more than four hundred cases reported now in Roanoke, Intern reporter Elyce Kirchner looks at the problem.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=The latest report..]
[SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Bevery Hills Foundation for AIDS; :25]
[SUPER=01-Pam Meador/Council of HIV-STD Assistant Director ; :40]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jean Smith/ Infectious Disease Specialist; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Elyce Kirchner/Reporting; 1:15]
[OUT Q=Elyce Kirchner News 7 Roanoke;]
((The latest report from the CDC says more people are getting infected with HIV and the already infected are getting sicker.
The disease infected over 42 thousand people in the US last year which is a 2.2 percent increase from the year before.
Mark Martin recently lost a friend to the disease and is scared that many more are going to follow.
((THE EDUCATION THAT WAS OUT THERE OBVIOUSLY IT SLACKED DOWN AND NOW ITS ON THE RISE AGAIN. WE ARE AT 2003 AND ITS ON THE RISE AGAIN.))
Pam Meador works at the Council of Community Services in Roanoke and thinks the increase reflects a growing complacency about the dangers of AIDS.
[SOT 15:17:03-15:17:19] [Cover with b-roll]
((I THINK THROUGH THE YEARS PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TIRED OF WEARING CONDOMS. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING PREACHED TO THEM. WITH THE YOUNGER AGE GROUP THAT IS COMING UP THEY HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE PASS AWAY FROM AIDS COMPLICATIONS.))
That is in part because medical treatments have improved.
HIV patients are living longer but that may be changing.
((THEY BECOME RESISTANT TO ALL OF OUR CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MEDICATIONS AND SO WE ARE SEEING SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE BEGINNING TO DO POORLY. ))
((HIV ACTIVISTS SAY THE REPORT IS A REMINDER THAT MEDICATION CAN CONTROL THE DISEASE BUT ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE. THAT MEANS RESEARCH ALONG WITH HIV PREVENTION AND EDUCATION ARE NEEDED. ELYCE KIRCHNER NEWS 7 ROANOKE. ))
Experts on Alzheimer's Disease agree that detection as early as the age of 40 can help in designing a treatment for the devastating disease.
As Dr. Sean Kenniff tells us, a new test may help doctors diagnose Alzheimers earlier than ever before.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Allen Gonzalez/Alzheimer's Patient;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Braverman/Neurologist;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]
((IT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS TO THE WHOLE WORLDBUT AT 54ALLEN
GONZALEZ STARTED NOTICING HE WAS FORGETTING THINGS.
SOT: ALLEN GONZALEZ
03:02:06 IN MY BUSINESS, I HAVE TO HAVE A SHARP MEMORY. I HAVE TO BE
ON TOP OF THINGS.
A BUSINESS OWNER IN NYALLEN WASTED NO TIME IN SEEING A NEUROLOGISTAND
GETTING TESTEDFOR WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE VERY BEGINNING STAGES OF
(NAT: T2: B-ROLLED. 02:03:38 TILT YOUR HEAD FORWARD)
HIS AGE - SHOULD NOT BE SHOCKINGRESEARCHERS NOW BELIEVE THE ONSET OF
THE DISEASE STARTS DECADES BEFORE DIAGNOSIS.
SOT: DR. ERIC BRAVERMAN/NEUROLOGIST, PATH MEDICAL
01:01:20 WHATS NEW IS THAT WE KNOW FROM ABOUT AGE 40-MANY INDIVIDUALS
ARE LOSING BRAIN QUICKNESS OR SPEED AND THEY ARE ACTUALLY BEGINNING TO
PROGRESS TOWARDS ALZHEIMERS
AND ---THERE MAY BE A WAY OF CATCHING IT VERY EARLY ON.
(NAT: T2: 02:14:29 A BURST OF BRIGHT YELLOW IS A BURST OF ELECTRICAL
IN A RECENTLY PUBLISHED STUDY OF 1500-PATIENTS, DR. ERIC BRAVERMAN FOUND
THAT A P-300 ELECTRICAL BRAIN TEST CAN PICK UP SIGNS OF SLOWDOWN AND
MEMORY LOSS-- WAY BEFORE ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL MEMORY TESTS.
SOT: DR. BRAVERMAN
T1: 01:07:25 THIS TEST IDENTIFIES BY THE ELECTRICAL SPEED-HOW MUCH
LONGER YOU GOT.
WHICH MEANS YOUR BRAIN AGE
ALLENS BRAIN WAS 68 DURING THAT INITIAL VISIT. HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED
(NAT: T2: 02:11:10 YOU CAME OUT AT AGE 32 TODAY. // YOUR ENERGY IS
NOT BAD FOR A MAN WHOS REAL AGE IS NOW 57 ...POSSIBLE PROOF THAT AS
WITH MOST DISEASES... EARLY DETECTION CAN MEAN EVERYTHING.
DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
Virginia has a message for its delinquent taxpayers.
Pay up now and the state will go easy on you.
The Commonwealth's tax amnesty program is set to begin on September 2nd and will run through November 3rd.
Tax dodgers who want to come clean can pay off their debts during that time without being charged a penalty.
And they will only have to pay half of the interest.
Tax officials say 400-thousand Virginians are behind in their state taxes but only a few are considered scofflaws.
[IN Q=THE TYPICAL DELINQUENT TAXPAYER]
((KEN THORSON/VIRGINIA'S TAX COMMISSIONER: THE TYPICAL DELINQUENT TAXPAYER IS SOMEBODY WHO HAS JUST GOTTEN INTO FINANCIAL TROUBLE. MAYBE THEY'VE RUN UP A HUGE CREDIT CARD BILL OR THEY'VE NOT BEEN GOOD MANAGERS OF THEIR MONEY. WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING TAXES FREQUENTLY THAT WILL BE THE LAST PRIORITY ON THEIR LIST.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Thorson/Va. Tax Commissioner]
[OUT Q=PRIORITY ON THEIR LIST.]
The tax amnesty program is expected to bring in 41 million dollars.
Coming up today in Sports, an N-B-A player from our region signs a new deal.
Then a little later, we'll see some recently discovered footage of actress Marilyn Monroe.
There's more News 7 to come.
Following Sports, we'll tell you about a Wedding that attracted millions of people this weekend.
On Wall Street today, Stocks staged a comeback toward the end of the
trading day but it was too little too late.
Jean Lee explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
[***NO Stock Roll]
Welcome to your Monday 2 minute ticker.
The first day of high school football practice kicked off all over our Friday Football Extra coverage area this morning.
Let's start at the top with defending state division four champion Heritage.
The Pioneers completed a perfect season last year, winning the Division 4 state championship with a 14 and 0 campaign.
Chris Jones has a wealth of skill players returning, but must replace most of his offensive and defensive line.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Heritage Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=what happens this year.]
The Pioneers also know that the bullseye is a lot bigger on their chests, but are ready to meet the challenge of defending the state championship.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=It was]
[SUPER=01-Pierre Penn/Heritage Senior Receiver;]
[OUT Q=keep things rolling.]
The Pioneers open the season August 29th against Tunstall.
Our preseason looks will continue right up until opening night and don't forget out our 20th anniversary Friday Football Extra special August 22nd from 7- 8pm.
Roanoke native George Lynch shows no signs of slowing down and bringing his NBA career to a halt.
The 10-year NBA veteran played in 81 games for the Hornets last season averaging 5 points, 5 rebounds and 19 minutes a game.
He started 32 of those games and the Hornets won 20 of them.
The former first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers was acquired by the Hornets from Philadelphia on October 12th of 2001.
George turns 33 this coming September.
Finally, Kobe Bryant is scheduled to be in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday - today the first of his many endorsement contracts was cancelled.
Ferrero, an Italian Company that has a U.S. branch in Somerset, New Jersey is cutting ties with Kobe.
The company makes Nutella, a hazelnut-and-chocolate spread that is very popular in Europe.
The New York Post reported today that the company references to Bryant from its website within days of when Bryant was charged in Eagle, Colorado.
Much more coming up at the top of the hour tonight.
And Shannon will be right back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment.
American Wedding took the cake at the weekend box office.
The third installment of the "American Pie" series raked in a sweet 34 point three MILLION dollars.
That is about 11 million dollars less than the second movie, but one industry analyst says it's a good performance in a summer of lackluster sequels.
It is definitely better than the dismal showing for the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez' movie "Gigli." (GEE-LEE)
That film came in seventh, earning three-point-eight million dollars, following two weeks of bad publicity and harsh reviews.
[TAKE CHYRON FULL]
[SUPER=77-American Wedding/34.3/Spy Kids 3-D/20.1/Pirates of the Caribbean/19.1/Seabiscuit/17.4/Bad Boys 2/12.7;]
Spy Kids Two was the second place movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean came in third with 19 MILLION dollars.
Seabiscuit ran way with fourth place and Bad Boys Two managed to bring in another 12-point seven million dollars.
More than 40-years after her death, unseen footage of Marilyn Monroe is being analyzed.
[SUPER=03-Camp Roberts Historical Museum;]
One to two minutes of film shows the actress in Korea in 1954 being officially greeted, getting out of a helicopter, riding a tank and singing and dancing for American troops.
The film was found a few years ago at the Camp Roberts Historical Museum in California although a volunteer says he's not sure how it got there.
There is also a scene of a man who looks like President Eisenhower .
Monroe made one trip to Korea and did ten shows.
Monroe died 41 years ago tomorrow.