Ahead on News 7, a major employer is closing in Martinsville.
And voters head to the polls as a number of states hold presidential
Scattered showers are part of our forecast scenario today as we look ahead
to the overnight hours, and into tomorrow as well. Stay tuned for the latest
from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Southside Virginia's textile trade has been in decline for several years now.
Today, more bad news.
Sara Lee Knit products told its workers in Martinsville the plant there will
close up shop in just ten days.
Len Besthoff is standing by with the details.
Len, wasn't it just a few years ago that this company did some major
(len ad lib)
(*******rollcue: two year reprieve*******)
(***len's mike hot under*****)
outcue: employs 350 people
((The company says it will close its plant on Cleveland Avenue in Martinsville
due to the continued softness in the retail market.
The 420 workers at this plant sell sweatshirts and casual clothes.
And here's where it gets really scary.
With this plant closing, Sara Lee has only one plant left in the immediate
area -- a distrubution center in Henry County that employs 350 people.))
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager;
(MEL/Q&A: Ten days notice -- that's not alot. Are they allowed to do that?)
It's a critical day in the contest for the Republican nomination for the
It's Junior Tuesday, offering the biggest one day delegate count yet.
Ten states hold either primaries or caucuses with 259 delegates to offer, a
number which will double the delegate count by the end of the day.
It's also a day that could spell the beginning of the end for some
Sandra Hughes, reports from Atlanta.
IN Q=Facing the possiblity
SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00
SUPER=01-Lamar Alexander/(R) Presidential Candidate; :16
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :35
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate; 52
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q= Sandra Hughes CBS News Atlanta.
(( Facing the possiblity that he won't make his break through in any of
today's ten contests..or next week's super tuesday voting..Former Governor
Lamar Alexander admitted that his campaign could be over in one week if
Senator Bob Dole beats him:
LAMAR ALEXANDER: EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHEN I'M GOING TO GET OUT..MY ANSWER
IS IF BOB DOLE BEATS ME IN FLORIDA..I'LL GET OUT AND HE'S
Amid predictions of a sweep this week, Senator Dole was already looking
beyond today's big Georgia vote taking his campaign to the site of the next
major battle New York.
SEN BOB DOLE: WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD DAY IN ABOUT EIGHT PRIMARIES AND
A BIG BIG DAY ON THURSDAY.. THAT'S THE BIG DAY.
Georgia offers the biggest prize in today's junior tuesday contests..
and still holds possibilites for Pat Buchanan.. who has pulled out all the
stops courting conservative christian support.. across this state:
PAT BUCHANAN: GEORGIA IS VERY IMPORTANT.. WE'VE GOT TO DO WELL HERE TO PICK
UP MOMENTUM.. TO REGAIN MOMENTUM.. THEN I GENUINELY THINK WE CN CRACK THE
One big Georgia vote already cast by absentee ballot went to Senator
Bob Dole.. although.. House Speaker Newt Gingrich wouldn't give him a formal
The rest of Georgia votes today..a win here..along with the other nine
contests.. could give a significant boost into New York's primary.. where only
Bob Dole.. and Steve Forbes will appear on all the ballots.
Sandra Hughes CBS News Atlanta.))
Mac McCadden says he's accomplished what he set to achieve when he ran for
Roanoke city council four years ago.
Today, he announced he will NOT run for re- election.
McCadden says he has felt a lot of pressure to run again for city council
or some other office.
But he says his responsibilities as the District Sales Manager for USAir are
demanding more of his time.
IN Q=A lot has to do
((MAC MCCADDEN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: A LOT HAS TO DO WITH MY COMPANY MAKING A
PROFIT AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE IT MAKE A PROFIT AND I THINK THAT DESERVES
MUCH MORE ATTENTION THAN I HAVE BEEN GIVING IT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.))
OUT Q=is done.
McCadden says he believes he has been a strong advocate for schools, sports
He has not ruled out a future bid for elective office, and says he may vie
for the chairmanship of the City Republican committee.
The U-S is sending a team of technical experts to Israel to help end a wave
of terrorist attacks.
The White House says the team left today armed with bomb detection equipment.
The action comes one day after the fourth suicide bombing in Israel in the
last nine days.
The military wing of the Muslim militant group Hamas is now promising to
stop the bombings.
In a leaflet, the group said it will halt attacks until early July to let
the P-L-O negotiate with Israel on behalf of Hamas.
((WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR BEST TO CONVINCE EVERYBODY ELSE UNLESS POULAR ATITUDE
HOW TO REACH THIS STATE. ))
YASSER ARAFAT: COMPLETELY AGAINST THE AGREEMENT BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE DISCUSSED
AND PROOF OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Mahmud al Zahar/Political Leader of Hamas;
SUPER=01-Yasser Arafat/PLO Chief; :14
OUT Q=PROOF OF IT.
The suicide bombings are blamed for nearly 60 deaths.
TAPE#edit of 96-19
A Jewish holiday was celebrated in Roanoke on the same day of the latest
This mardi gras- like party is the Festival of Purim (Poor-im).
It honors the Jews' victory over their enemies.
But in the midst of the joyful celebration, some in the Jewish community
are pessimistic about the continuation of the peace process in the Middle East.
SOT tape 1 4:08:36
IN Q=They seem to feel
((RABBI JEROME FOX/BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE: THEY SEEM TO FEEL NOW THAT THIS IS
THE LAST BLOW. THEY DON'T THINK IT CAN CONTINUE. AND SO, THERE'S A VERY, VERY
DEPRESSED MOOD AMONGST US. ))
SUPER=01-Rabbi Jerome Fox/Beth Israel Synagogue;
OUT Q=amongst us.
Meanwhile, U-S legislators believe those guilty of the bombings should be
punished-- but not at the cost of peace.
SOT tape 1 7:27:18
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE ISRAELIS IN
SPITE OF THE ATROCITIES THAT THEY'RE TAKING, TO CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THOSE
PALESTINIANS WHO TRULY DO WANT TO HAVE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. ))
OUT= middle east.
The younger generation says it is important for them as well.
These students are among a delegation from Roanoke heading to Israel next
They say they are not afraid to go because they believe the Holy Land takes
care of those who journey there.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
More O-Ring problems for NASA,
and the Grand Old Opry and country music fans say goodbye to a pearl of a
music up full
The defense has rested and closing arguments are underway in the trial of a
man accused of murdering a Danville bartender five years ago.
Prosecutors say Thomas Alvis Martin set fire to a white Corvette in
September of 1990.
41- year- old Paul Nathaniel Deshazo owned the car.
Six days later-- his body was found near the site.
Martin was not charged with killing Deshazo until last fall.
According to testimony, the victim's girlfriend used to date Martin.
Prosecutors hinted the accused may have been upset over the couple's
Martin, however, says he's innocent.
Defense attorneys in opening statements said Deshazo was a drug dealer who
was possibly killed by someone interested in drugs and money.
The current Columbia mission did not escape the O-ring problems that have
been plaguing NASA's shuttle fleet.
An inspection of the boosters that pushed the shuttle into orbit February
22nd shows the O-rings were singed during lift-off.
But experts say the damage poses no threat to the shuttle or its seven
Columbia returns to Earth March 15th.
There is less laughter in the country music capital this afternoon.
Legendary comedienne Minnie Pearl died last night of complications from a
The star of the Grand Old Opry and the T-V series "Hee-Haw" was known for
for her flowered hat with the dangling price tag and a boisterous greeting.
Minnie Pearl was 83.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
If you're already thinking about bathing suit season --
Health Reporter Connie Stevens takes us to Duke University for its time-proven
recipe for weight loss.
music up full
For this country's 50- million obese adults, living with a weight problem
can be a heavy load.
Duke University's Diet and Fitness Center believes the key involves four
major lifestyle changes-- the medical, behavioral, nutritional and fitness
Connie Stevens reports from Durham, North Carolina.
SOT **starts on bite**
IN Q=The emphasis
SUPER=01-Michele Hudgins/Duke Diet & Fitness Center; :00
SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :53
SUPER=01-Harry Wayne Casey/Client; 1:27
SUPER=@Connie2; 1:43 (VERY QUICK)
OUT Q=stevens news 7
IN Q=The emphasis is
((MICHELE HUDGINS/DUKE DIET & FITNESS CENTER: THE EMPHASIS IS ON LIFESTYLE
CHANGE AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE. IF SOMEONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH
THEIR WEIGHT, IT'S A TOUGH PROBLEM, BECAUSE YOU'RE TRYING TO CHANGE SO MANY
ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE. SO WE LOOK AT IT FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS. ))
OUT Q=different dimensions.
Hudgins believes it's a rushed lifestyle that contributes greatly to
obesity in the U.S.-- with no time for menu planning, and having high-fat food
IN Q=We have basically
((WE HAVE BASICALLY A LOW FAT, HIGH CARBOHYDRATE MENU. THE AVERAGE CALORIES ARE
FROM A THOUSAND TO 12-HUNDRED A DAY. AND IT VARIES DEPENDING ON MALE, FEMALE.
AND IT VARIES HOW HEAVY YOU ARE WHEN YOU COME IN THE PROGRAM. THERE'S NO WEIRD
FOOD, JUST BASIC REGULAR FOOD AND WE MAKE AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE FOODS THAT
CLIENTS CAN PREPARE AT HOME AND DO EASILY. ))
OUT Q=do easily.
Exercise is an important component at the center-- checking in for one
week, two weeks or four weeks, clients learn to like physical activity.
Even if it takes the latest equipment, like this Virtual Reality bike to
entertain them while they sweat.
IN Q=It's very
((IT'S VERY POPULAR BECAUSE IT'S NEW AND IT MAKES THE TIME GO BY VERY FAST
BECAUSE YOU'RE CONCENTRATING ON THE SCENERY. ))
OUT Q=on the scenery.
Clients come from all over the world-- we even found the famed KC-- you
know, of KC and the Sunshine Band here.
IN Q=I'd gained like
((HARRY WAYNE CASEY/CLIENT: I'D GAINED LIKE 80 POUNDS SINCE THE TIME I WAS IN
THE 70'S TO 1990. I LOST 15 POUNDS IN TWO AND A HALF MONTHS I BELIEVE. AND I
THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO COME BACK. I PLAN TO COME BACK EVERY YEAR. ))
OUT Q=every year.
KC is now on a come-back tour, and he's found to be competitive, he needs
to be in top form.
IN Q=It's very hard
((IT'S VERY HARD OUT THERE, WHEN YOU'RE ON THE ROAD. TRYING TO REQUEST A
LOW-SALT DIET OR A LOW-FAT DIET. IT'S NOT SO BAD IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT WE
TRAVEL A LOT OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT'S WHERE IT GETS REALLY DIFFICULT.))
KC credits Duke's Diet and Fitness Center for the motivational
reinforcement he needs.
For others, it may be just the first step to wellness.
IN Q=Many of the
((MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT COME HERE-- NOT EVERYONE, COME HERE AS A LAST RESORT.
AND I THINK EVERYONE LEAVES HERE WITH SOME HOPE-- WHICH IS WHAT WE WANT TO GIVE
PEOPLE, AND I THINK BASICALLY TAKING ONE STEP IS BETTER THAN NO STEP AT ALL. ))
OUT Q=step at all.
Clients at the Fitness Center do pay though.
A one-week stay costs about 25-hundred dollars-- and that doesn't include
After that initial visit, the cost does come down.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
The picket lines are up at two General Motors brake plants in Ohio.
Some three-thousand union members have walked off the job after talks aimed
at resolving several contract disputes failed.
A similar strike two years ago eventually idled several assembly plants.
A prestigious honor for a Roanoke company.
Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern says it has made the "Fantastic Fifty" list
of 50 of the fastest-growing companies in the Commonwealth.
Companies were judged on their sales growth rates over the past few years.
H-S-M-M is an architectural, engineering, and planning firm.
It has 420 employees.
The award program, in its first year, is coordinated by Virginia Business
Stock prices have been mostly lower, after a stronger-than-expected report
on factory orders sent bond prices lower.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 11 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- Patrick shows us who earned a ticket to the N-C-Double-A's,
one team is V-C-U, and we'll have highlights of their Colonial showdown coming
up on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
The V-C-U Rams are going to the N-C-Double-A division tournament after
winning the Colonial championship over U-N-C Wilmington.
This game was much closer than anyone expected it would be.
In fact, this hoop on the baseline by conference player- of- the- year
Bernard Hopkins gives V-C-U just a three point cushion.
V-C-U leads by four in the closing seconds of the game, but Stan Simmons
swishes this 3 pointer from the left wing to make it 44-to-43 with 19 seconds
But that's all for Wilmington as Ivan Chapell hits four free throws in the
final 35 seconds to seal the deal.
LaSalle and George Washington matched up in the Atlantic Ten women's
championship in Blacksburg and the Lady Colonials earned a trip to the
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Lady Explorers vs. Lady Colonials;
Up by six at the break G-W goes inside to tourney M-V-P Tajama Abraham for
two of her 24 on the night.
LaSalle makes a run and leads by three with five minutes to go.
Lori Sparling scores in the paint.
But the Colonials hang on. Mariah Lonergan hits the elbow J and G-W wins
the Atlantic 10 for the second consecutive year, advancing to the big dance.
IN Q=We got down
((JOE MCKEOWN/G.WASHINGTON HEAD COACH: WE GOT DOWN BY THREE WITH ABOUT FIRVE OF
SIX MINUTES TO GO. AND LA SAL HAD A LOT OF MOMENTUM. IT COULD HAVE GONE THE
OTHER WAY, BUT AGAIN OUR EXPERIENCE I THINK CAME THROUGH. ))
((CINDY MAZDA/A-10 ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER: EVERY COACH HAS SAID "THANK YOU - WE
FEEL IT WAS A GREAT TOURNAMENT". I GUESS THE ONLY DOUBTS I HAVE, IF YOU CAN
CALL IT THAT, IS THAT THERE WEREN'T THAT MANY PEOPLE TO SEE SUCH A GREAT
SUPER=01-Joe McKeown/G. Washington Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Cindy Mazda/A-10 Asst. Commissioner; :07
OUT Q=a great game.
GRAPHIC=ATLANTIC 10 LOGO
While the A-10 women were winding up their tournament the conference's men
were handing out postseason honors.
U-Mass took the big honors of the day as Marcus Camby was named the league's
player of the year.
His coach John Calipari was named the coach of the year.
Ace Custis was the only Tech player to make the first team all-conference
Damon Watlington was named to the second team.
The A-10 tourney begins tomorrow in Philadelphia.
(****toss to mel****)
(mel and patrick ad lib)
Coming up tonight on Health Check--
If you feel like you might be close to blowing your top, it might be time
to deal with some of the stress in your life.
And that might involve pampering yourself occassionally.
Join us for a stress-busting segment, on News 7 at FIVE.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.