Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll see how federal workers are fairing now
that they're back on the job.
An early morning accident leaves a man from Lynchburg dead.
And a Roanoke woman is sentenced after she admits stealing other people's
Tonight in sports, The Trip incident at the Tech-Uva game is still
High school hoops fans are in for a real treat in Salem this year at
And olympic gold winning skater Sergei Grinkov is dead at the age of 28 after
suffering a heart attack on the ice today.
Monday starts in the 60s but that's it for mild weather this week. Chilly
details straight ahead.
Both the House and the Senate have approved a bill that keeps the government
running through mid- December.
That gives the White House
and Congress more time to work out a balanced budget agreement.
But in the mean time, all federal employees are back on the job.
Scott Prince is at the Poff Federal building in Roanoke.
Scott, are things getting back to normal for most workers?
Jean, most of the workers we talked to have mixed emotions.
They're all back to work and they're very happy about that.
But now they're experiencing some fallout from the Federal shutdown.
IN Q= It appeared
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security Director;
SUPER=01-Jim May/Veterans Affairs Director;
OUT Q=behind in schedule (bite)
It appeared to be business as usual for Social Security workers.
Good morning, Social Security. How can I help you?
But things won't be normal for quite some time.
Last week's furlough not only left them off the job, it left them with a
tremendous amount of backlogged claims.
IN Q=We're running
((FRED AYSCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY DIRECTOR: WE'RE RUNNING A GOOD FOUR DAYS BEHIND
IN OUR WORK AND THIS BEING A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE USUALLY HIT
US ANYWAY DURING THE WEEK, WE'LL GET EVEN FURTHER BEHIND. ))
OUT Q=further behind
That seems to be the norm for all agencies affected by the furlough.
Workers in the Veterans Affairs were greeted with about 40- thousand pieces
of mail this morning.
Most of which were claims and documents waiting to be processed.
IN Q= I'd say
((JIM MAY/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: I'D SAY IT PROBABLY THROWS US TWO TO THREE
WEEKS BEHIND IN SCHEDULE. ))
OUT Q=behind in schedule
Jean, it's important to note that even though there is a tremendous backlog,
things would have been much worse in a few days.
Jim May tells me that many Veterans checks would have been delayed if a
budget agreement hadn't been reached in the coming days.
QUESTION: SCOTT, HOW ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER AGENCIES AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN?
Jean, everything is back up and running.
That of course includes the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
Last week we told you that the lodge was forced to close during the
Today, it's open and ready for business.
An early morning accident in Bedford County claimed the life of a Lynchburg
It happened around 6:15 on Route 460 just east of Bedford.
State police say 45- year- old Thomas Monroe Douglass was headed west on 460
when his car dropped off the right side of the road.
Douglass apparently over- corrected, and lost control of his vehicle,
flipping it into the ditch.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Douglass apparently was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of
A Northwest Roanoke woman says she needs an attorney before she'll say
anything in court.
31- year- old Mitzi Jean Horton is charged with the abduction of an elderly
man, and with violating her parole.
Saturday, police found 83- year- old Vernon (LOFF-in) Laughon locked inside
the trunk of his car-- while Horton was in the driver's seat.
The man told police he only remembers being choked, and then waking up in
Horton has been convicted in the past of numerous burglary and larceny
A preliminary hearing is set for December 19.
A Lexington police officer is accused of assaulting a woman while arresting
Shelby Katz of Lexington filed a warrant against Officer Mark Ramos--
charging him with assault and battery.
According to a news release, the alleged attack occurred October 28th.
Ramos is suspended with pay while state police investigate.
The Lexington Police Department says it won't comment until the
investigation is complete.
Some good news for area tobacco farmers.
Experts say burley tobacco will fetch higher prices during this year's
auctions, which opened today.
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OUT Q=on down in the season.
The experts are optimistic about the burley tobacco because of a good market
for the FLUE-CURED variety, harvested earlier this year.
Burley tobacco makes up about 20-percent of the state's crop.
It's mostly grown in southwest Virginia, and cured under natural weather
Flue-cured tobacco is dried using artificial heat.
It makes up about 75-percent of the state's crop.
It's mostly grown in southside Virginia.
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Still to come on the broadcast,a woman from Roanoke pleads guilty after
being charged with stealing hundreds of pieces of mail,
and the Stock Market toys with the Five-Thousand Mark. We'll let you know
where it closed when we return.
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A 62- year- old Roanoke woman has admitted-- in court-- that she stole
hundreds of pieces mail.
Under a plea agreement with the U-S government, Ann Dickens pled guilty to
possession of stolen mail.
She agreed to the maximum sentence-- of five years-- with the understanding
that all the time will be served on probation.
Dickens has been accused of stealing mail before-- twice-- but never
She was arrested in August, and inspectors found 460 pieces of UN-opened
mail stacked in her apartment in Old Southwest Roanoke.
A new small industry in Galax is providing more than jobs.
As Tracy Altizer reports, Printed Circuit Solutions is an example of local
cooperation and diversification. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=As far as job creation
SUPER=01-Dan Campbell/Galax City Manager; :24
SUPER=01-Jack Galyean/PCS President; :38
OUT Q=Altizer News 7.
(( As far as job creation goes, Printed Circuit Solutions may be small
potatoes on the numbers scale.
It opened last month with 15 employees, most with computer or engineering
But on the economic development horizon, it's a bright spot for Galax.
City manager Dan Campbell says in an economy driven by the funiture, glass
and textile industries, PCS is a chance to diversify high-tech.
((DAN CAMPBELL/GALAX CITY MANAGER: I THINK SMALL COMMUNITIES SUCH AS OURS, IF
WE DON'T, IF WE DON'T DO THAT IT'S GOING TO BE MORE AND MORE OF A STRUGGLE TO
SURVIVE IN THE FUTURE. ))
PCS makes electronic circuit boards, mostly prototypes to test new designs.
((JACK GALYEAN/PCS PRESIDENT: WHEN AN AT&T OR AN AMP OR SOMEONE OF THAT NATURE
DESIGNS A NEW PRODUCT, WE TAKE THE FIRST DESIGN DATA AND BUILD THE FIRST UNITS
FOR THEM. ))
The company's plant is built on industrial park land the city donated. And
Galyean credits the all-local investors for getting PCS off the ground.
((THE LOCAL PEOPLE, THEIR SUPPORT HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS. WE'VE GOT 30-SOME
STOCKHOLDERS IN HERE AND WITHOUT THEIR HARD-EARNED MEONY BEING INVESTED IN THIS
COMPANY WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS. ))
PCS has it's industrial park neighbor to look up to.
Consolidated Glass and Mirror started 13 years ago with 25 workers.
Now the largest mirror manufacturer in the U.S., it employs 800.
It was Galax's first local investment success story.
((AND I DON'T KNOW OF A LOT OF COMMUNITIES THAT CAN SIT BACK AND SAY THAT
THEY'VE DONE IT THIS WAY, TWICE. ))
((AND AGAIN, NOT TO PUT PRESSURE ON JACK, BUT WE HAVE HIGH, HIGH HOPES FOR
EVERYTHING THAT YOU SEE HERE TODAY.))
PCS hopes to employ up to 60 within five years. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Analysts say the holiday season may be a rough one for retailers.
The group serving Roanoke's downtown merchants hopes that won't happen here.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated unveiled its plans to draw in shoppers.
For starters, it'll hang new decorations-
IN Q=Our old
((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: OUR OLD DECORATIONS WERE GETTING RATHER
WEARY, SO WE'RE GOING TO REDECORATE THIS YEAR STARTING WITH JEFFERSON STREET,
WITH NEW CHRISTMAS BANNERS AND LIGHTED DECORATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;
OUT Q=lighted decorations.
More downtown buildings will have lighting.
Norfolk Southern's offices and the old Courthouse join the list.
There's also a series of events planned.
The Dickens of a Christmas program will return.
Carriage rides, caroling, and other activities will take place December
first, eighth, and fifteenth.
A Fantasyland display for the kids will be at the Roanoke Valley History
The Festival of Trees will return to the top floor of the First Union Tower.
It begins Friday.
There's also the Festival of Lights Parade, and the Jingle Bell Run.
The Greening of the Market, with live greenery will take place tomorrow to
kick off the holiday season.
If you're an investor, or you work in the financial industry, you had your
eyes on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The blue chip indicator came close to breaking the five thousand mark last
week, but it closed ten points short on Friday.
This morning though, boosted by news that the federal government's budget
deadlock had ended, the Dow surged above the milestone around 10 o'clock.
IN Q=I think it's exciting
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD D. JONES & CO.: I THINK IT'S EXCITING NEWS. WE'RE IN A
LOW INFLATION, LOW INTEREST RATE ENVIRONMENT. AND CORPORATE PROFITS AND
CORPORATE PRODUCTIVITY ARE UP RIGHT NOW WHICH IS A MAJOR PLUS FOR THE ECONOMY.
AND I THINK IT'S GOOD NEWS. I THINK OVER THE LONG TERM WE CAN EXPECT SOME
EXCITING THINGS OUT OF THE MARKET. ))
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward D. Jones & Co.;
OUT Q=out of the market.
The Dow flirted with the five thousand mark all day.
But it ended up below it, closing at 49 hundred-83.
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The woods of western Virginia echoed with gun fire-
The general firearms deer season opened this morning.
The day brought a busy start at local game checking stations, but so far
there are no new reports of injuries to any hunters.
Joe Dashiell reports tonight from Franklin County.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Brown/Hunter; :12
SUPER=01-Audrey Mitchell/Mitchell's Grocery; :41
OUT Q=JD News 7
((A patch of blaze orange against a backdrop of brown... a hunter waits and
watches in Franklin County...
For many, a day that started before dawn brought them out of the woods by
IN Q=When I first saw him
OUT Q=pullled the trigger then.
State wildlife biologists report a good crop of acorns this year, an
abundant supply of food for game.
And local hunters and game checking stations report a busy start to the
general firearms season.
At Mitchell's Grocery in Sontag, they discussed the finer points of opening
OUT Q=than last year.
Following a muzzleloading season that left 11 people injured in Virginia,
state game officials are hoping hunters will be armed with caution as more of
them head into the woods of western Virginia.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Coming up tonight in sports, a former Olympic gold medal winning skater dies
of a heart attack while practicing today.
Salem is getting set for its Nations' Bank Holiday hoop tournament.
And we'll have the latest on the now infamous Trip incident at the close of
Saturday's UVa-Tech game.
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
We begin tonight with some unbelievable news from the high profile world of
This afternoon World and Olympic ice skating champion Sergei Grinkov
collapsed and died of a heart attack today during a practice session for a
"Stars on Ice" performance.
The 28-year-old Grinkov, shown skating with his wife was a two-time gold
medalist in pairs figure skating with her winning top honors at both
Liliehammer and Calgary.
He suffered the heart attack while lifting his wife above his head on a
Sergei Grinkov was 28.
We are still waiting for word out of Charlottesville concerning what if any
disciplinary action will be taken against long-time
UVa athletic trainer Joe Gieck.
On the final play of Saturday's emotional game against Virginia Tech, Gieck
stuck his left leg out in an apparent effort of trip Hokie Safety Antonio
Banks avoided his leg and wound up in the endzone.
Both UVa and the ACC office in Greensboro, reviewed tape of the incident
today, but so far neither party has anything to say about what if any action
will be taken.
Thanks to Saturday big win over the Cavaliers the Hokies jumped to 13th in
the new Associated Press poll, and they are a solid number one in this week's
Lambert poll which ranks the top teams in the Northeast.
The 9-and-2 Hokies picked up six first place votes to easily outdistance Penn
Syracuse is third this week with Miami checking in at number four.
Those two teams play this weekend and the outcome will likely have a bearing
on where Tech goes bowling in December.
The nationally ranked Virginia Tech basketball team closes out the preseason
tonight with a seven o'clock tipoff with Court Authority.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/"Midnight Madness"; :00
The Hokies opened exhibition play Sunday with a 78-to-59 win over BC Benston
a team from Croatia.
But tonight they may get a stiffer test from Court Authority, which is led by
former State college stars Edmund Sherod, and Pete Woolfolk and Eric English.
Tickets are five dollars for tonight exhibition.
Elsewhere in college football today, the University of Kentucky, fresh off
its near upset of Tennessee on Saturday
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/This Afternoon; :00
has decided to keep football coach Bill Curry despite his less than perfect
Athletic director C.M. Newton, sitting by his coaches side today said Curry's
record of 22-and-45 is not satisfactory , but the team is headed in the right
The Nations Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament tips off December 26th at the
Salem Civic Center.
This afternoon, the tournament selection committee unveiled the parings and
Steve Mason says fans can bank on seeing the best competition to date in the
events 3 year history.
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SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/Salem Head Coach; :06
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :14
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Year; :24
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :54
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Patrick Henry Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=01-Doug Waters/Nations Bank Region Executive; 1:29
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
And finally, hunting season for general firearms opened today across the
commonwealth and one never knows who he might find out in the woods bagging a
big buck or bucks.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
Today out in the Sontag area of Franklin County, Paul Radford one of
southwest Virginia's all-time racing greats, who retired at the end of 1993
after winning the track championship at New River picked up a couple of
trophies on opening day.
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((PAUL RADFORD/RACING AND HUNTING CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Paul Radford/Racing and Hunting Champ; :00
OUT Q=...dead deer."
As you've probably already heard-- The Beatles are making a comeback.
25- years after their breakup, the Beatles are out with a new album,
It's a collection of unreleased songs by the Fab Four-- including two new
songs with lyrics recorded by the late John Lennon.
The album goes on sale at midnight--
We'll have a live report on all the Beatle-mania tonight on News 7 at 11.