Up next on News 7 at five-
Sara Lee is closing one of its facilities- That'll affect 130 employees.
Police catch up with a supsect in the abduction of a Roanoke woman-
Plus O-J's interview is off. We'll have details.
A forecast so nice, we brought it back twice, or three times, or a whole
week. More sunny weather ahead for tomorrow.
On Health Check-- women and high cholesterol.
A new study finds if you're otherwise healthy, there may not be much cause
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Sara Lee Knit products is closing its plant in Salem next year--affecting
more than 130-people.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Sara Lee Corporation has given nine months' notice that it plans to
close its distribution center in Salem.
The facility will close by the middle of next year, but the 130 employees
who man the center will have the option of transferring out of state.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more details of that decision.
Jean, Sara Lee is combining its hosiery dyeing and distribution.
The Salem operation is moving to Florence, South Carolina, and officials
say employees who are willing to move will have jobs at that facility.
IN Q=We're committed
SUPER=01-John Higgins/Director of Operations; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Snyder/25-Year Employee; :23
OUT Q=some people, some people will.
IN Q=We're committed
OUT Q=try to make that possible
Employees learned of the decision as they arrived for work.
The news was a surprise for employees and local officials who had hoped the
combined operation would come to Salem.
IN Q=I understand
OUT Q=some people will.
Employees who choose not to move will receive severance pay and benefits
based on their years of service.
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And Jean, the company also promises job placement counseling, and other
employment assistance between now and the end of June.
(Question: Is Salem looking for a company to replace Sara Lee in that
The car stolen from a Roanoke woman Saturday turned up in Boston,
Massachusetts last night.
IN Q=Officers up there
((SGT. ROBERT STOUT/VA STATE POLICE: OFFICERS UP THERE WERE DOING A ROUTINE
CHECK AND RAN THE LICENSE CHECK ON A VEHICLE THAT WAS PARKED IN THE ALLEY. AND
ONCE THEY RAN THE CHECK, AND IT CAME BACK AS A WANTED VEHICLE, THEY APPROACHED
THE VEHICLE. THEY FOUND A SUBJECT ASLEEP IN THE BACKSEAT. THAT SUBJECT WAS
TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Robert Stout/Virginia State Police
OUT Q=into custody.
Sergeant Stout says the man was initially arrested on a weapons violation.
Boston Police report the suspect matches the description given them by the
victim in Roanoke.
The suspect has refused to provide a name or any identification. However
police believe they know who he is and are attempting to match the
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX We'll HEAR from the victim in this case who says
she's lucky to be alive but harbors no animosity toward her abductor.
O-J Simpson's television interview for tonight is off.
Simpson and his team of lawyers have cancelled the NBC interview.
NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw says that's because of civil suits Simpson faces
by the families of his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman.
Brokaw also says Simpson and his lawyers objected to some of the questions
he and anchorwoman Katie Couric planned to ask.
NBC has received thousands of phone calls and many petitions- all
protesting the interview.
Cranes are clearing the wreckage at the Amtrak derailment site in
Heavy equipment is lifting the coaches so investigators can look under
They're hoping to find more clues to the sabotage that caused the train
to jump the tracks.
IN Q=the railroad
((JACK CALLAHAN/FBI SPOKESMAN: THE RAILROAD PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE. THE FBI IS
OUT THERE. IT'S A DIFFICULT CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-Jack Callahan/FBI Spokesman;
OUT Q=crime scene investigation.
The F-B-I may finish up the investigation at the actual site by tomorrow.
They're also counting on tips from the public to help track down suspects.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Simpson trial is over, but two other
high-profile cases are on the docket.
And we'll check back in on Justice House, where the power is back on for
residents there, but they want to know where their money is going.
A mystery at the National Institutes of Health, as 26 employees were
apparently poisoned by a radioactive isotope.
We'll have the story on Health Check.
Habitat for Humanity is building up its inventory...
Patrick is checking out its latest project on Cleveland Avenue--stay with
Danville police are investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager.
14-year-old Kevin Warren of Richmond Avenue was apparently shot in the
The incident happened at around 11:30 this morning- at 450 Henry Street.
Warren died about an hour later at a Danville Hospital.
Opening statements began today in Houston for the woman accused of killing
Tejano (tay-HAH'-noh) singing star Selena (suh-LEE'-nuh).
Thirty-five year old Yolanda Sal-divar is the former president of Selena's
She's accused of fatally shooting the Grammy Award-winning artist at a
Corpus Christi motel last March.
Defense attorneys will try to show the shooting was an accident.
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The retrial of the Menendez brothers is now underway.
Opening statements started this morning- and expect some big changes this
For starters, no cameras will be allowed in court- and one jury will hear
the case against both brothers.
Experts also say the prosecution will take a different approach.
((ERWIN CHEMERINKSKY/USC LAW PROFESSOR: BECAUSE THE BROTHERS ADMITTED TO THE
SHOOTING THE PROSECUTION IN THE FIRST TRIAL DIDN'T FOCUS VERY MUCH ON THE
VICTIMS AND HOW THEY DIED. THE PROSECUTION IN THE SECOND TRIAL IS GOING TO
FOCUS A GREAT DEAL ON THE VICTIMS.))
SUPER=01-Erwin Chemerinksky/USC Law Professor;
OUT Q=on the victims."
Prosecutors are also expected to focus on the murder of the mother,
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saying even if the brothers feared their father, there was no reason to shoot
Problems are plaguing Justice House in Roanoke, but nobody wants to take
Residents pay 150-dollars a month, and that money is supposed to go toward
routine maintenance and utility bills.
But they say both of those are being ignored.
For eight hours yesterday, the electricity and hot water were cut off at
Justice House because of a delinquent account.
IN Q=All these funds
((ROBERT LELOUP/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: ALL THESE FUNDS THAT WE HAVE
PAID...WHERE ARE THEY? THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. LOOK AT THESE CHILDREN.
SUPER=01-Robert LeLoup/Justice House Resident;
Rodney Richards and his girlfriend Donna Wolcott are in charge of collecting
rent, and many tenants are upset with them.
Richards and Wolcott aren't sure what happened to the money.
Back in 1990 the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions say they thought they
had sold the building to the community and four trustees, but the deal never
One of those trustees was David Hayden who severed all ties to Justice House
back in January.
Hayden says he gave control of the facility to Roanoke Area Ministries, but
RAM House officials say they decided against taking over Justice House.
Right now city and social service officials are trying to figure out who is
ultimately in charge.
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Habitat for Humanity is hammering home at a very impressive milestone here in
the Roanoke Valley--
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Habitat for Humanity has been making the American Dream come true for
thousands of people- It does it by builsing affordable housing across the
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Now the 50th house going up by Habitat in the Roanoke Valley is nearing
completion, and Patrick Evans is on the scene for a first hand look at the work
to finish construction.
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Don't go away-- John and Lorena Bobbitt are back in the news-- but are they
together? That story coming up--
Plus, a wrap-up of the day's medical news.
From a mystery at the National Institutes of Health, more than two-dozen
employees were poisoned--
To the latest on women with high cholesterol, plus-- estrogen replacements,
and aging-- as a spiritual journey.
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A medical mystery is unfolding at the National Institutes of Health in
It's the search for who may be responsible for the deliberate radiation
poisoning of a pregnant cancer researcher, and possibly dozens of others.
IN Q=On June 28 of this
SUPER=01-Lynne Barnabei/Attorney; :00
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :18
SUPER=01-Dr. Maryann Wenli Ma/National Cancer Institute; :26 QUICK!
OUT Q=radiation therapy.
IN Q=On June 28
((LYNNE BARNABEI/ATTORNEY: ON JUNE 28 OF THIS YEAR DR MA WAS DELIBERATELY
CONTAMINATED WITH P32 A RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPE, WHILE CONDUCTING RESEARCH AT THE
OUT Q=cancer institute
Dr. Ma, now eight months pregnant, believes that someone put a radioactive
isotope-- a very dangerous substance-- in her lunch.
IN Q=I think
((DR. MARYANN MA/NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE:I THINK THAT MY FOOD WAS
CONTAMINATED DELIBERATELY. ))
25 other NIH employees were also contaminated, although it appears the
others drank from a water fountain spiked with P-32.
As for a motive, Dr. Ma alleges that shortly before she was poisoned, her
supervisor pressured her to terminate the pregnancy so that an important
research project wouldn't be slowed down.
A lawyer for the supervisor denies all accusations.
The N-I-H calls the poisoning of Dr. Ma and others sabotage, and has asked
the F-B-I to investigate.
Another radiation expert says Dr. Ma's exposure level may have been
IN Q=My child
((MY CHILD MIGHT BE DEFORMED FROM THE RADIATION THERAPY.))
Meantime, a petition has been filed to revoke the license of the National
Institutes of Health to use radioactive materials.
Researchers are testing drugs that
could give post-menopausal women the same benefits as estrogen.
It turns out the pills may actually fight the risks associated with
estrogen use-- such as the potential to cause cancer.
The drugs are known as anti-estrogens-- they're synthetic chemicals, and
they're still several years away from hitting the market.
Researchers are saying that many women who have high cholesterol but no
other health problems shouldn't be too worried.
A study finds cholesterol-lowering drugs and diets don't appear to reduce
their chances of dying of heart disease.
That doesn't mean there's no reason to worry about high cholesterol.
A coalition of education, health and advocacy groups lobbied Washington
today-- making an appeal on behalf of children.
The group wants the government to strengthen rules governing children's
The group claims many T-V- programs aimed at kids aren't good for them, and
it's asking the F-C-C for one hour of educational programming a day.
There's a tendency among many to view the aging process as a gradual
deterioration toward death.
But, there's a more positive way to explore the aging process-- as a
Tomorrow, as part of the YWCA's Food For Thought program, the Reverend
Denise Huffman will present "Aging as a Spiritual Journey."
The program will be held at the YWCA Salem Center tomorrow afternoon from
noon till One.
Radford University captured the New River Rock last night.
For an explanation let's head into the sports office and hear from Mike
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek ticker!
Let's get started on the diamond where the league championship series resume
tonight in Seattle and Cincinnati.
The Braves came back from a one-to-nothing deficit in the top of the ninth to
tie the game and then win it 2-to-1 in the 11th.
Tonight the Braves will go with JOhn Smoltz, who says his job is easier since
Atlanta picked up its road win last night.
((JOHN SMOLTZ/BRAVES STARTER TONIGHT:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Braves Starter Tonight; :00
OUT Q=...the next guy."
The other Ohio entry in the final four will also be looking to get back on
track tonight, as Cleveland plays Seattle in game two of the American league
IN Q="We don't want...
((MIKE HARGROVE/CLEVELAND MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Hargrove/Cleveland Manager; :00
OUT Q=...WHERE THEY ARE."
The Indians will go with Orel Hershiser tonight while the Mariners will
counter with Tim Belcher.
From one field to another. The Radford men's soccer team is off to it's
best start in school history. The Highlanders are 10-1 and 1 and show no signs
of slowing down.
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Last night, Radford defeated Virginia Tech 4-1 in overtime. The Highlanders
are led by senior Ian Spooner. The forward scored two goals and had an assist
to bring his season point total to 33.
But the secret to this team's success is team work.
((SPENCER SMITH/RADFORD HEAD SOCCER COACH:))
SUPER=01-Spencer Smith/Radford Head Soccer Coach; :00
OUT Q=go for us"
The Highlanders take on the retrievers of UMBC this weekend at Home.
Could the Bobbitt's be getting back together?
According to one newspaper John Wayne Bobbitt is trying to patch things up
with his estranged wife, Lorena.
John Bobbitt reportedly stopped by the suburban Washington hair salon where
Lorena works with flowers and candy.
But she apparently isn't interested.
Her lawyer says she is anxious to move on with her life without John.
Two years ago the Bobbitts gained world-wide attention when Lorena cut off
her husband's penis.
She testified she did because he raped and emotionally tortured her.
A jury found her innocent of malicious wounding by reason of temporary
In a separate trial, John Bobbitt was acquitted of sexually assaulting his
Usually when someone feeds the parking meter for you, it is considered a
But police in Santa Cruz, California, have nabbed a clown who keeps putting
coins into stranger's parking meters.
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Dressed in full clown attire, Mr. Twister was chased down the street
earlier this week by a meter reader.
Police charged him with "unauthorized deposit of coins", a crime in Santa
But Mr. Twister says he's not going to pay the fine or curb his hobby.
IN Q=I think this
((MR. TWISTER/CLOWN: I THINK THIS IS THE BIGGEST BOZO PLAN THERE IS. THAT'S
WHY I'M OUT HERE DOING IT. IF WE WANT BIG BOZO LAWS, YOU'RE GONNA GET A BIG
BOZO TO YOU KNOW HONK HONK, WHATEVER. ))
OUT Q=HONK HONK WHATEVER.
Mr. Twister says people on the street are now giving him coins to keep
feeding the meters.
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The gross receipts tax on businesses is not popular among Republican
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Here's Keith Humphry with one reason one candidate likes the tax a little
House of Delegates challenger Newell Falkinburg says it proves he's honest.
Falkinburg's attorney dropped off a check for about five thousand dollars
last week for four years of back taxes he told Falkinburg he owed.
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We'll have more on the taxing campaign setback in just one half hour on NEWS
7 at SIX.
And that's it for NEWS 7 at FIVE. Good night.