Coming up on News 7 at ELEVEN--
The Budget Office says laid-off federal employees will get partial pay--
for the time they worked before the government shutdown.
From Bosnia, the latest efforts at keeping the peace.
Plus, 'tis the season for returns.
Retailers, though, are hoping to lure shoppers in for more spending.
Stay with us, News 7 is up next.
Lean times are ahead for nearly 800-thousand federal workers.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :
The Budget office says they'll only receive partial pay-- for the time
they worked BEFORE the government shutdown December 16th.
Southwest Virginia retailers are echoing nationwide claims of sluggish
Now, many are trying to entice customers into cashing in on big markdowns.
SUPER=03-New York; :
And, if you're hoping to help your heart-- it's better to lose weight than
We'll have the latest study.
Join us for all the news, sports and weather on News 7 at eleven.
TAPE# NET A
Some 760-thousand federal employees are facing lean times ahead.
The Budget Office now says that workers at un-funded government agencies
will receive partial paychecks-- for the time BEFORE the government shutdown on
Meantime, the pace in Washington was a little slower today-- as many
workers who would otherwise be on the job are being kept away because of the
Regina Blakely has the story.
IN Q=Holiday goodwill
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :22
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=RB, CBS News, White House.
Holiday goodwill wasn't evident outside Baltimore's Social Security
office. Some 6000 federal employees have been out of work here since
December 16th, and they took this day after Christmas to send Congress a
((FRUSTRATION IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.))
But there was an unexpected Christmas present for visitors to Washington.
When the Smithsonian decided to set aside $40,000 of it's privately funded
trust fund to open the doors to the museum of American History for this week...
((WE DROVE FROM ILLINOIS TO SEE OUR WONDERFUL NATION'S CAPITOL AND THIS
IS THE FIRST WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE.))
OUT Q=to see
For the Whipple's, who brought their two girls to Washington for the
holidays, the government shutdown has been an unwelcome political science
((I KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THEY WILL SETTLE IT NEXT WEEK COME UP WITH SOME
TEMPORARY SOLUTION BUT WE ARE HERE TODAY AND IT'S OUR CHRISTMAS VACATION.))
((WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE? THE WHITE HOUSE.))
OUT Q=the White House.
And because of some volunteers, she may get her wish. The annual
candlelight tours at the White House are on even though this year's white
house decorations were seen by far fewer than expected because of the shutdown.
And there are some sights in Washington that just can't be closed. The
Capitol stands perched on it's hill, and the Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam
Memorials are accessible.
budget negotiations are scheduled to begin again this week with President
Clinton, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
scheduled to meet again Friday. In the meantime, visitors and federal
employees are doing their best to deal with the shutdown.
Regina Blakely, CBS News, at the White House.))
TAPE# NET B
Bosnian Serbs are making another demand, claiming peace may hinge on the
SUPER=03-Pale, Bosnia; :
They want more time to hand over their Sarajevo neighborhoods to the
NATO Commander Leighton Smith hasn't said yet whether he'll agree to
extend the re-unification deadline,
SUPER=03-Tuzla, Bosnia; :
Meantime, in Tuzla, American troops at the airbase are reassuring the
locals by extending their foot patrols to surrounding villages.
While most of us are enjoying the holiday season in the warm comfort of
our homes-- more and more people are having to find warmth in local shelters.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Home for the holidays
SUPER=01-Fred Brzezowski/Salvation Army; :07
SUPER=07-Robert Shanholtz; :45
SUPER=01-John Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission; 1:02
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Home for the holidays takes on a new meaning when you're sharing a
living space with strangers.
((FRED BRZEZOWSKI/SALVATION ARMY: WE TRY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE FESTIVE FOR
THEM. YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY GOT UP CHRISTMAS MORNING, WE HAD SEVERAL PRESENTS
WAITING FOR THEM. ))
The number of occupants increased from 30 to 50 on Christmas at the
Salvation Army's Red Shield Lodge for Men.
Brzezowski says that was a larger increase than usual-- he believes the
cold weather played a role.
The freezing temperatures are also making for a busy holiday week at the
Roanoke Valley Rescue Mission--
The shelter housed over 150 people Christmas night.
SOT standup here
((ALTHOUGH AWARENESS OF THE HOMELESS IS GREATER DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON THAN
AT ANY OTHER TIME-- THOSE WHO ARE IN AREA SHELTERS NOW SAY HOMELESSNESS CAN
HAPPEN TO ANYONE, AT ANY TIME. ))
((ROBERT SHANHOLTZ: WE ALL ARE ONE PAYCHECK AWAY FROM BEING HOMELESS. ))
Shanholtz knows that first hand.
He was laid off from his job-- and couldn't collect unemployment.
Shelter officials say they hear of all sorts of ways that people fall on
SOT rescue mission tape 16:15:35
((JOHN SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: JUST LIKE ANY OTHER TIME OF YEAR,
WE'LL HAVE FOLKS WHO GOT EVICTED, OR WHO LOST THEIR POWER, WHO GOT STRANDED IN
ROANOKE-- MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO GET OFF THE STREET BY GETTING INTO OUR
RECOVERY PROGRAM. PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HAVE FALLEN APART, AND WHO WANT TO PUT
THEM BACK TOGETHER. ))
Johnson says it's important to remember that the shelter's doors are open
to those in need every day-- not just on the holidays.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Two fires in three months have reduced the number of historic landmarks on
the Lynchburg riverfront.
The 88- year- old Lukens building was the latest to fall victim when it
burned early Christmas morning.
Preservationists say the city will continue to lose its historic structures
unless it encourages local entrepreneurs to renovate them.
IN Q=The major fires
((DR. JOSEPH FREEMAN/LYNCH'S FERRY AUTHORITY: THE MAJOR FIRES BEFORE HAVE BEEN
IN LARGELY UNTENANTED STRUCTURES, AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS ARE RIPE FOR THIS. WE
NEED PEOPLE USING THESE BUILDINGS, AND THE BUILDINGS NEED TO BE IN CONFORMANCE
WITH THE FIRE CODE.))
SUPER=01-Joseph Freeman/Lynch's Ferry Authority; :00
OUT Q=with the fire code.
Before it burned, a local artists group was ready to make an offer to buy
the Lukens building, and transform it into an artists colony.
IN Q=This building was
((ANN HATFIELD/RIVERVIEWS, INC.: THIS BUILDING WAS IRREPLACEABLE, FOR SIX
MILLION DOLLARS PERHAPS, THAT WAS ONE OF THE ESTIMATES, BUT THEY DON'T MAKE
TREES LIKE THE POSTS AND BEAMS THAT WERE IN THIS BUILDING. THEY DON'T GROW THEM
SUPER=01-Ann Hatfield/Riverviews, Inc.; :00
OUT Q=grow them anymore.
It will be at least another day before authorities can get inside the
building's rubble and try and determine what caused the fire.
Workers at Northside High School are cleaning up from a morning fire that
damaged several classrooms.
Investigators say an electrical short caused the blaze.
It started in a supply closet in a classroom on the first floor.
Fire Marshall Don Gillespie says a faulty relay switch controlling a light
started the fire.
The school's principal noticed the smoke around 8:30 this morning.
Investigators say the fire smoldered several hours before it was discovered.
It caused about 12-thousand dollars in damage.
Officials say the affected classrooms will be cleaned and ready when
students return to school next week.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, we'll have the first of three parts as we look back
at the Business year in review,
and we'll see why a new business thinks it has a sporting chance at bringing
new jobs to the Radford Arsenal.
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The new year could be promising for the Radford Arsenal.
A private industry has the prospect of bringing in new jobs.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=At one time
SUPER=01-Dick Best/Project Manager;:26
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( At one time, the powder plant, as it's known, was the largest industrial
employer in the New River Valley.
But the end of the Cold War meant the Army no longer needed as much of the
tank propellant it makes.
Now, after several years of cuts layoffs, workers will soon return to the
plant to work for New River Energetics, a subsidiary of Alliant Techsystems,
which operates the arsenal.
Instead of making gunpowder for war, they'll be making it for sport.
((DICK BEST/PROJECT MANAGER: IT COVERS ALL THE SPORTING, SHOOTING, RIFLE,
PISTOL, SHOTGUN, HUNTING, CLAY TARGET, SKEET TRAP. ))
A government program called ARMS is providing millions of dollars to help
Alliant close its operations in New Jersey and open N-R-E at the arsenal.
The company will employ up to 150 people. It's already taking applications,
and expects to begin the hiring process this Spring.
((WE'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD PREVIOUS EXPLOSIVE PROPELLANT
EXPERIENCE. THEY WILL GO THROUGH AN ASSESSMENT WHERE THEY GET AN OPPORTUNITY
TO LOOK AT US AND WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THEM. ))
ARMS is an initiative to encourage industries to make use of idle space at
N-R-E is the first commercial venture at the Radford Arsenal.
((I THINK THIS WILL BE JUST KIND OF A STEPPINGSTONE FOR FUTURE COMPANIES,
COMMERCIAL COMPANIES TO COME ON THE ARSENAL. ))
Although it won't be up and running for about a year, New River Energetics
may already be proving itself to be a successful catalyst.
The arsenal has received its first commercial order to produce propellant
for automobile airbags.
And in January officials say they expect a major announcement of another
commercial company planning to move its operations here. Tracy Altizer, News
The good news from the New River Valley echoes what many people saw as a
positive year for much of the region. In this the first of three parts,
Len Besthoff looks at the business trends for the first four months of 1995.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./February; :37
OUT Q=Nat Sot
The Roanoke Valley began the year with a big business bonanza.
Arkay Packaging announced plans to build a 17-million-dollar cosmetics
packaging plant in Botetourt County, and to eventually create 190 manufacturing
That same week the Jacuzzi whirlpool bath company said it would move into
the old Grove Worldwide plant in Salem and hire 300 workers, but the project
has been put on hold.
Later that month though the Carilion Health System, announced a massive
restructuring; the region's largest employer is still determining how many
cutbacks that will mean.
Appalachian Power also said it was restructuring.
The utility expects its reductions will have a small job impact.
Pittsylvania County got some good news when Tokaidenko of Japan said it
would convert the old Sara Lee Knitwear plant into an automotive parts factory
and hire 100 people.
But Acadia Polymers, an auto industry supplier in Iron Gate, laid off 150
workers as it reduced its product line.
Fleetwood Homes in Franklin County moved in the other direction, announcing
construction of a second plant and plans to hire 200 people.
Ericsson of Lynchburg brought word of 400 new HIGH-TECH hires as part of a
multi-million-dollar expansion by the communications company.
Around the same time, financial help from Governor Allen helped create 200
new jobs in southwest Virginia, at Wolverine Gasket in Blacksburg and Summit
Dimension Products in Smythe County.
April brought the reopening of the historic Hotel Roanoke, a
41-million-dollar project many hope will boost Roanoke's downtown market area.
Also in April, an Ericsson spinoff named XTAL announced plans to build a new
plant and hire up to 100 people in Lynchburg.
And Danville tobacco giant Dibrell Brothers merged with Monk Austin of North
Carolina, forming a new company called Dimon.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review year-end edition.
And in Clifton Forge, CFW Communications opened a new directory assistance
center in March with 135 operators.
Later in the year the workers began a union organizing campaign, and last
week by a narrow margin they voted to approve union representation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, business at the Roanoke airport fails to take off,
And we'll tell you how retailers are combatting the return of the Christmas
Roanoke Regional Airport officials say fewer passengers went through the
gates in 1995.
There was a 12 percent drop in the number of people using the Airport this
year compared to 1994.
However, airport officials say the statistics may be deceiving.
They say the decrease is due to higher ticket prices at the counters.
IN Q=This year we're
((JACQUELINE SCHUK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT OFFICIAL: THIS YEAR WE'RE DOWN
ABOUT 12 PERCENT OVER 1994 BUT 1994 WAS UP 15 PERCENT OVER 1993. SO WHAT WE'RE
SEEING IS A REFLECTION OF INCREASED AIRFARES OVER 1994.))
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Schuk/Roanoke Regional Airport;
OUT Q=airfares over 1994.
Officials say more than half a million passengers went through the Roanoke
Regional Airport in 1995.
A Danville organization is working to make its neighborhood a safer place
The Westmoreland Neighborhood Organization has been a part of the community
for two years.
Since the organization's formation, crime watch signs have gone up and
police routinely patrol the area.
Shirley Coles and Bernice Bryant lead the group.
They believe the area is a safer place to live for the community's 600-
IN Q=I have really
((BERNICE BRYANT/ORGANIZATION VICE PRESIDENT: I HAVE REALLY NOTICED A
DIFFERENCE, A LOT OF THEM HAVE SAID THEY FEEL FREE TO COME OUT NOW, THEY REALLY
ENJOY THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY 'RE NOT AFRAID TO GO TO THE STORE TO COME OUT ON
SHIRLEY COLES/ORGANIZATION PRESIDENT: WE REALLY FEEL THAT WE ARE REALLY REALLY
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD AND IT'S REALLY WORTH THE HARD WORK WE'RE TRYING TO DO
SUPER=01-Bernice Bryant/Organization Vice President; :00
SUPER=01-Shirley Coles/Organization President; :15 quick
OUT Q=to do here.
The organization's members get together once a month to discuss other
Their next goal is to organize a recreation center for the area's young and
The Roanoke Express lost to the Icecaps in raliegh tonight by the score of 4
to 1. Dwayne Harmer scored for Roanoke with under 7 minutes to play to prevent
One other Express note. Goalie Matt delJudice was called up to the Albany
River rats of the AHL today and will not be with Roanoke this weekend, no time
table has been set on his return.
Now the numbers.
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=last score
Powell Valley star running back Thomas Jones dropped the University of
Virginia a late Christmas present yesterday when he announced his intentions to
play college football as a Cavalier.
Jones made the announcement at a news conference last night from the Ramada
Inn in Duffield.
Jones, who broke Terry Kirby's career touchdown record with 104 in his 4
years at Powell Valley, sited his parents ability to see him play, the
environment and two other factors for his decision.
SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/Will Attend UVa; :00
OUT Q=...is great"
The Nations Bank Holiday Hoops Classic tipped off yesterday as 8 teams from
three different classifications got together for some heated hoops.
SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs. Vikings; :00
Just how hot did it get? William Fleming coach Burrell Paye was ejected
from his game against Northside after receiving 2 technicals..he left the hard
wood in a hurry.
Northside's Ben peete goes into the paint in his usual slicing manner and
scored the bucket for the Vikings.
The Colonels answer. James Stokes SUPER=34-Northside/=55/William
collects the loose ball and does that double handed glass slap thing for the
But the Vikings win this one. Spence Peters loses the rock and then gains
control..and then gives to Adam Wimmer for the bucket and Northside beats
Fleming 55 to 46.
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...Right now"
SUPER=04-Highlanders vs. Spartans;
In the night cap, Salem hosted Glenvar. The Spartans Andy Beach goes
window cleaning with the shot off the glass that is good.
The defending state runner ups can play! Josh Williamson with the pass to
Eric East for the finger roll lay in that tied the game at 16 in the second.
But Salem was too much, Sammy lazarro gives to Scott hall for the deuce.
Spartans win 68 to 60.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Patriots; :00
In the first game of the day; Patrick Henry took on William Byrd at 2pm.
The patriots showed off their passing skills. Ronnie Casey dishes to Brooks
berry who gives to Colbey Leftwich for the basket, but the Terriers would go on
an unanswered run.
Byrd's Michael Berry makes the pass to Kevin Stump who gets the roll and the
hoops for the Terriers.
SUPER=34-William Byrd/=71/Patrick Henry/=54;
Chris Childress scored a game high 23. He steals the pass and goes coast to
coast for the slam and William Byrd beats Patrick henry 71 to 54.
Hold Nations Bank
In the 3:45 game, Riverside beat Franklin County 67 to 56.
The Philadelphia Eagles' ROOKIE head coach has been named N-F-L coach of the
Under Ray Rhodes the Eagles posted a 10 and 6 record this season.
Philadelphia owner Jeff Lurie actively sought former Cowboy coach Jimmy
Johnson and former Eagle coach Dick Vermeil before signing Rhodes for the job.
The freshman coach received 24 votes from the nationwide panel of sports
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
While Rhodes was honored; Buddy Ryan was fired. The Arizona Cardinals
released Ryan after the team finished 4 and 12 this season. Ryan lasted only
two seasons in Phoenix. During that time, the cardinals were 12 and 20.
GRAPHIC=Donnan/Georgia head coach
Yesterday, Georgia introduced Jim Donnan as it's second new head football
coach to be named in 8 days!
Donnan guided Marshall to a 64 and 21 record during his six year tenure
at the Division 1-double school. The Thundering herd was national championship
runner up this year.
At yesterday's news conference, Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley
introduced the Bulldogs new man who says he will be a perfect fit.
((JIM DONNAN/GEORGIA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Donnan/Georgia Head Football Coach; :00
OUT Q=...at Georgia"
and still to come tonight, Georgia introduces it's second head football
coach in 8 days this afternooon.
and Frank Beamer and the Hokies arrive in New Orleans to some sweet sounds.
Their arrival when we return.
The Virginia Tech Hokies left for New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl today.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
The players and coaches loaded up and departed from the Roanoke Regional
Airport around 9:30 this morning.
IN Q=there;s a lot of
((FRANK BEAMER/VA TECH HEAD COACH: THERE'S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. EAGER TO GET
DOWN TO WARMER WEATHER. WE'VE GOT A WORKOUT SCHEDULED FOR THIS AFTERNOON, BUT
I THINK THIS FOOTBALL TEAM, LIKE IT'S BEEN ALL YEAR, KNOWS WE'RE GOING DOWN
THERE FOR A PURPOSE.))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=for a purpose"
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Today; :00
Beamer and his players unloaded in New Orleans to find not a media barage,
but some good old fashion Bourbon street hospitality there to greet them. Sugar
Bowl officials were also on hand. The Hokies play the Texas Longhorns in the
GRAPHIC=Major League Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles continue to spend big money.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
This afternoon the Orioles acquired All-Star pitcher David Wells from the
The 32 year old lefty is expected to be in the Bird's starting rotation.
The Reds get outfielders Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez in return.
Wells was 16-8 last season.
One other diamond note, The Chicago Cubs signed free agent third baseman
Dave Magadan to a one year pact today. The 33 year old hit .313 for Houston
It appears a slow economy has caused sluggish holiday sales.
Even though retailers haven't officially released their figures for
December, many have hinted the numbers will fall below expectations.
Some retailers in our area say they too have experienced less- than-
spectacular sales this month.
But they're trying to make up for it now.
While customers head to the malls to return gifts, many stores are trying to
cash in and entice consumers with big markdowns.
It's working at some stores.
IN Q=I thought
((RUSS WELCH/FINISH LINE MANAGER: I THOUGHT ACTUALLY WE'D HAVE MORE RETURNS
THAN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN LATELY. SALES HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN STRONGER THAN THE
SUPER=01-Russ Welch/Finish Line Manager;
OUT Q=than the returns
Many mall- goers are taking the bait, and fishing for the bargains.
IN Q=I bought a hat
((BILL THOMAS/HOLIDAY SHOPPER: I BOUGHT A HAT AND I BOUGHT SOME COOKIES AND I
BOUGHT SOME CHRISTMAS CARDS. I HAD TO HAVE THE CHRISTMAS CARDS, BECAUSE YOU GET
A FREE ROLE OF FILM. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Thomas/Holiday Shopper;
OUT Q=role of film
The nation's retailers are expected to release their holiday numbers a week
Doctors are hoping people will take this advice to heart-- push yourself
away from the table for better health.
At the University of Maryland, researchers say losing weight is more
effective than aerobic exercising in reducing the risk of heart disease.
The best approach however, is to do both.
100 men were studied-- researchers say they were surprised to find that
weight loss clearly produced more benefits than exercise alone.
The findings are published in the "Journal of the American Medical