A Roanoke fiber optics company gets ready to announce a number of layoffs,
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
and in Washington, twenty-three Whitewater grand jurors hear testimony today
from the First Lady.
Rain is on the way, with flood watches up for far Southwest Virginia.
We'll take a look at all the latest, including the Doppler radar imagery, stay
Don't go away the news is next.
The largest homegrown, high-tech firm in the Roanoke Valley is about to
announce a significant layoff.
For the past decade Litton-Fibercom's business has gone in one direction
This marks at least an interruption of that trend.
Len Besthoff says Litton-Fibercom is actually one of a number of area
companies that have scaled back their operations lately.
Len is evidence of an economic slowdown in our area?
(len ad lib)
Melanie, for the past few months many members of the business community have
said that at least the INITIAL signs of a slowdown are here...and the news from
Litton-Fibercom today reinforces that opinion.
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OUT Q=company's hand.
(( News-7 has confirmed that Litton-Fibercom plans to lay off a significant
number of manufacturing employees that make the company's computer networking
The president of the company says it has been holding off from doing this.
But the recent loss of work due to the federal government shutdown, coupled
with the slow development of Litton-Fibercom's commercial products, forced the
Just in the past few months Melanie we've heard about other cutbacks at
Babcock and Wilcox in Campbell County, Sara Lee in Salem, and Volvo-GM in
(QUESTION: LEN HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK AT FIBERCOM?)
When police first questioned Bryant Ross as a suspect in the murder of his
wife New Year's weekend, he denied everything.
Then he said: "you're going to frame me anyhow, I might as well take the
blame for it."
In the end Ross gave detective Neil Tolrud (tall-rude) a full account of
how it happened.
Ross said he and his estranged wife were arguing, and she wanted him to get
out of the house.
He said Vickie grabbed a doll and threw it at him.
Ross allegedly told the detective that he pulled a gun out of his pocket
and shot her in the neck.
IN Q=What happened after
((NEIL TOLRUD: WHAT HAPPENED AFTER YOU SHOT HER? I JUST ASKED MYSELF, I SAID:
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" YOU KNOW, I DONE IT. AND I WALKED OUT THE ROOM INTO THE
ROOM IN THE BACK, AND I WAS SHAKING MY HEAD. AND SHE CAME OUT. SHE STARTED
WALKING DOWN THE STEPS. AND I SHOT HER AGAIN. I KNEW WHAT I HAD DONE WAS WRONG
AND WENT TO TAKE HER TO THE HOSPITAL. I KNEW SHE WAS ALREADY DEAD.))
SUPER=10-Neil Tolrud/Roanoke Police Detective/Reading Ross's Statement;
OUT Q=already dead.
Murder charges against Ross were forwarded to the next grand jury.
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Testimony continues today in the trial of a Bedford County man accused of
murdering his live-in girlfriend.
Joe Gardner Bolling is charged in the shooting death of Torina Lynn Wright
at their Timber Ridge home last June.
Bolling claims the shooting was an accident, that his .44 Magnum went off by
mistake while the two were arguing.
Rescue personell testified this morning that both Bolling and Wright told
them the shooting was an accident.
Prosecutor Randy Krantz is still presenting evidence. The case may stretch
A Roanoke man faces arson charges for allegedly setting a Patterson Avenue
house on fire earlier this week.
And the Commonwealth's attorney says more charges are likely.
20-year-old Phillip Vincent Orren, was arraigned this morning.
Investigators believe Orren is responsible for setting the fire at 8-13
He is charged with arson of an occupied dwelling.
Police are also investigating a rash of fires in the southwest part of
Eight empty buildings have burned in recent days.
Orren has not been charged in any of those fires.
But the Commonwealth's Attorney says he will likely present more charges
when the grand jury convenes in February.
Victims of Saturday's fatal fire in Roanoke were laid to rest yesterday.
Joe Dashiell attended the funeral for Christine Duncan and her
grandchildren, one of whom would have turned seven years old today.
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SUPER=02-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :08
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Mourners filed past five empty hearses as they filled the sanctuary at
Belmont Baptist Church.
IN Q=For Christine
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: FOR CHRISTINE, 46 YEARS WAS A
BRIEF LIFE, BUT FOR MARK WHO TOMORROW WOULD BE SEVEN, AND FOR HIS YOUNGER
BROTHERS CLYDE AND PATRICK AND FOR HIS SISTER NANCY LIFE HAD HARDLY BEGUN.))
OUT Q=life had hardly begun.
Fire ended their lives on Saturday night, when intense flames spread from
an extension cord downstairs to the second floor apartment where the family
But for relatives and friends, cousins and classmates, there are other
IN Q=My constant memory
((MY CONSTANT MEMORY OF CHRISTMAS WAS THAT OF PUSHING A BABY CARRIAGE WITH
NANCY IN IT))
((...WITH PATRICK DRAPED AROUND HER SHOULDERS AND CLYDE AND MARK HOLDING ONTO
HER COATTAILS AND OFF THEY WENT.))
OUT Q=and off they went.
Roanoke firefighters lead the way as the funeral procession moved to
Evergreen Burial Park.
And there in donated spaces, the children were buried together... their
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Still to come on News 7,
The First Lady prepares to face a federal grand jury,
and even though the waters in Hot Springs have receeded, the damage estimates
continue to rise.
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The first lady is just a couple of hours away from an unprecedented
appearance before a federal grand jury.
The focus will be on Whitewater related documents that were missing, and
then mysteriously turned up at the White House.
Regina Blakely has more.
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Last Week;
SUPER=01-Doris Kearnes Goodwin/Presidential Historian:
OUT Q=federal district court in Washington.
(( It what is an unprecendented appearance... first lady hillary rodham clinton
has been brought under supeona before (super:artist: don juhlin) the grand
jury to answer questions
concerning legal billing records which outline the extent of her work as an
attorney for madison guaranty.. the arkansas savings and loan at the center of
the Whitewater controversy.
The supeona was based on the recent discovery of the records by a white house
aide. that aide.. carolyn huber.. has testified she found the documents.. which
investigators have long requested.. on a table in a private room on the third
floor of the white house.. a room the aide describes as reserved for the first
family, their guests and some staff members.
Mrs. clinton is not a target of the investigation... but special prosecutor
kenneth starr is looking into possible obstruction of justice charges based
upon whether these documents were intentionally withheld..and if so, by whom.
In Newhampshireshire yesterday campaigning for her husband.. the first lady
shook off questions..
HILLARY CLINTON:ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT THE GRAND JURY APPEARANCE? NO."
But her appearance here finds her playing many different and conflicting
DORIS KEARNES GOODWIN/PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN:SHE HAS TO BE A LAWYER UP THERE,
SHE HAS TO BE AN INDIVIDUAL BUT SHE'S ALSO DEFENDING FIRST LADIES AND THE
DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE AND HOW SHE MANUEVERS THOSE THREE ROLLS IS A THINK GOING
TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT THING FOR HER.
Mrs. Clinton has testified under oath before.. but in those instances she
was at the white house.. this time she is on the prosecutor's turf.. more to
come.... Regina Blackley CBS News, at the Federal District Court in
In other news from Washington, it appears a third government shutdown will
Today the Senate is expected to approve legislation that would keep the U-S
government open through March 15th.
House Republicans easily approved the stop-gap measure yesterday.
President Clinton has indicated he will sign it.
In Utah this morning, a firing squad executed a child killer.
Thirty- six- year old John Taylor was convicted in 19-89 of raping and
strangling an 11- year- old girl.
He insisted he was innocent.
Given a choice between death by firing squad or lethal injection, Taylor
choose the firing squad, saying it would be costly and embarrassing to the
IN Q=This was very
((JACK FORD/UTAH DEPT. OF CORRECITIONS: IT WAS "CLEAN QUICK AND PROFESSIONAL."
HE THINKS A BILL WILL BE PASSED THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE INMATE FROM BEING ABLE
TO CHOOSE THE FORM OF EXECUTION.
SUPER=01-Jack Ford/Utah Dept. of Corrections;
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It was the nation's first firing squad execution in 19 years.
In Hot Springs, the raging flood waters that swept through town have
receeded, but there was much damage left in their wake.
Jay Moore takes a look in this report.
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Claire Collins/Bath Co. Administrator; :22
SUPER=01-Mary Sanders/Homestead Resort; :57
OUT Q=Moore, News-7.
(( What a difference a week makes.
Just last week a boat would have been a more appropriate means of
transportation down main street in Hot Springs.
Now the water is gone but not before leaving six million dollars in damages.
County officials are still evaluating what kind of assistance is out there.
IN Q=Trying to secure
((CLAIRE COLLINS/BATH CO. ADMINISTRATOR: TRYING TO SECURE SOME ADDITIONAL
ASSISTANCE, NOT ONLY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL HOME OWNER BUT ALSO FOR BUSINESS AND
OUT Q=and industry.
Several inches of rain combined with leftover snow made the flooding as bad
as a decade ago.
IN Q=It is a
((COLLINS: IT IS SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE IN COMPARISON. PART OF THE COUNTY GOT HIT
HARDER THAN THEY DID IN 1985 AND SOME DIDN'T GET HIT AS HARD. ))
OUT Q=as hard.
The major attraction in Hot Springs was hit hard.
The Homestead reports about two and a half million dollars in damages.
IN Q=Fortunately not much
((MARY SANDERS/HOMESTEAD RESORT: FORTUNATELY NOT MUCH OF IT GOT IN OR AROUND
THE MAIN BUILDING OF THE HOTEL. WE PRIMARILY HAD DAMAGE ON THE THE OUTLYING
AREAS WHERE WE HAVE CREEKS OR CULVERTS. ))
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IN Q=The three
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE THREE GOLF COURSES HERE AT THE HOMESTEAD DID SUFFER
SOME EROSION DAMAGE BUT MANAGEMENT SAYS WHEN GOLFERS TEE OFF WITHIN THE NEXT
SEVERAL MONTHS EVERYTHING SHOULD BE UP TO PAR. IN HOT SPRINGS, JAY MOORE, NEWS
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
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When News 7 returns,
these stars on ice will take a few minutes out of their practice schedule to
chat with us.
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SUPER=00-Scott Hamilton; :32
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :38
SUPER=07-Kristi Yamaguchi; 1:37
OUT Q= right patrick?
The grand opening of a WalMart SuperCenter is just the beginning of the
changes taking place on the Roanoke retail scene.
During the next 18 months close to a quarter of the storefronts at the
Valley View Mall will have new tenants.
Mall management says this is happening for three reasons.
A number of leases have expired, tenants are relocating or expanding in the
mall, and poor holiday sales hurt a number of stores.
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IN Q=There's a
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT/VALLEY VIEW MALL MARKETING: THERE'S A LOT OF VOLATILITY IN
RETAIL. AGAIN, THE CONSUMER IS GONNA WIN IN THESE CHANGES, THESE NATIONAL
CHANGES, BUT THE STRONGER TENANT WILL SURVIVE.))
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Mall Marketing;
OUT Q=will survive.
Among the stores that have left; Lazarus, Morrison's Cafeteria, Treasures,
B-Dalton Booksellers, and the Earring Tree.
And Webster's is having its closeout sale.
Here's the good news.
The mall has a number of tenants lined up for the vacant storefronts, many
of them are described as upscale, national chains.
No names can be given out yet though, because negotiations are still
The mall WILL say that the Express store will be expanding in April.
Stocks are narrowly mixed during a quiet session today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP almost eighteen-and-a-half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Virginia Tech suffers it's first loss in nine games,
and the Express takes on an exciting schedule this weekend at the Roundhouse.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies ended a nine game winning streak last night with a
loss to George Washington.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night;
The loss is Tech's first in the Atlantic 10.
Kwame (KWA-me) Evans led the way for G-W, with shots like this jumper from
The Hokies struggled all night long, thanks to plays like this turnover
under their own basket.
Shawn Smith led Tech with 15, while Ace Custis had 10 and Shawn Good 9.
The Roanoke Express hopes to better their winning record in the next two
They've had the entire week to prepare for this
weekend's battle with East Division leading Richmond tonight
then, Saturday, the team turns around and plays Hampton Roads.
This season, the Express is 2 and 4 against the Renegades and 4 and 2
versus the Admirals.
But the key stat right now is that Roanoke has won only 6 of it's last 19
Thursday morning, much of the team's practice centered around conditioning
of the body and the mind.
IN Q="Our work
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...not to late
Again, you can catch the Express in action tonight at the Roundhouse, as
they face off against Richmond at 7:30.