Up next on News 7 at eleven-
More than 500 new jobs may be coming to Roanoke. We'll tell you about one
company's plans to grow.
The post office is a busy place on this rainy night. We'll take you there
live as last minute filers try to beat the rush.
And a deadly tornado touches down in North Carolina.
Robin Reed with our forecast- News 7 is next.
A Roanoke optical company is talking expansion.
Innotech says it's growing-
That could mean 550 new jobs in Roanoke alone.
((RONALD BLUM/INNOTECH CEO: THE OPTICAL INDUSTRY IS DEFINITELY GROWTH MARKET
BECAUSE THE AGING OF THE POPULATION AND THE GROWTH IS JUST PHENOMENAL.))
SUPER=01-Ronald Blum/Innotech CEO;
OUT Q=is just phenomenal."
Just what did federal agents find in the suspected Unabombers cabin?
We'll find out.
Plus a deadly tornado strikes North Carolina- One person is dead several
others are hurt.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Tax time is getting down to the wire. If you haven't filed yet, you have
less than an hour to do so.
Double Boxes=Keith/Kimberly Microwave
Kimberly McBroom joins us at Roanoke's main post office where people have
been scrambling to get their forms in the mail on time.
Kim are there many people still coming in?
(Rollcue: returns in the mail.)
SUPER=01-Mike Spears/Internal Revenue Service; :23
SUPER=01-Carlotta Stiltner/Last Minute Filer; :46
SUPER=01-Tom Wolfe/Last Minute Filer; 1:01
SUPER=01-Bobbie Flagg/Last Minute Filer; 1:15
OUT Q=fun while you can.
(Question: What other post office branches are open late tonight?)
A Roanoke optical company hopes to have the blueprints ready for a
multi-million dollar expansion within the next eight months.
Len Besthoff explains Innotech's vision is significant growth by the year
IN Q=It was
SUPER=01-Ken DiRocco/Innotech Employee; :06 Quick
SUPER=01-Ronald Blum/Innotech CE0; :30
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( It was anything but an average day on the job for Ken DiRocco and his
fellow employees at Innotech.
SOT TAPE TWO 12:49:58 put sound up pretty high here!
IN Q=When we
((KEN DIROCCO/INNOTECH EMPLOYEE: WHEN WE STARTED WE WERE RELATIVELY SMALL, AND
NOW WE'RE EXPANDING AND GROWING, AND EVERY MONTH WE SEE NEW CHANGES.))
OUT Q=new changes.
The Roanoke optical company announced it will use 30 million dollars it
raised selling its stock to the public to fund a major expansion.
Innotech expects to hire 550 new workers in Roanoke, and 450 in Petersburg
to build, market, and sell its hot new product.
SOT 12:31:44 TAPE ONE COVER FRONT OR BACK HALF WITH THE LENS MAKING MACHINE
IN Q=We have
((RONALD BLUM/INNOTECH CE0: WE HAVE A TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS THE INDEPENDENT
OPTOMETRIST, OPTHAMOLOGIST, OPTICIAN OR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO USE IT FOR THAT
MATTER, MAKE LENSES IN A SMALLER AMOUNT OF SPACE, MUCH MORE QUICKLY, AND AT
LESS COST, THAN ANY TECHNOLOGY THAT'S AVAILABLE TODAY.))
OUT Q=available today.
SOT besthoff s/u 15:38:25
((Innotech sees itself expanding for two main reasons. For starters, it thinks
it has a unique product, and secondly, it says the market for bifocal lenses,
that go into making glasses like these, is literally expanding by the day.))
OUT Q=by the day.
SOT 12:31:22 TAPE ONE
IN Q=The optical
((RONALD BLUM/INNOTECH CE0: THE OPTICAL INDUSTRY IS DEFINITELY GROWTH MARKET
BECAUSE, THE AGING OF THE POPULATION AND THE GROWTH IS JUST PHENOMENAL.))
OUT Q=just phenomenal.
Innotech believes it will have to find a new facility in Roanoke to
accommodate its expansion.
It says in the interest of shareholders, it will seek state and local
incentive funding for the project.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The evidence is piling up against suspected Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports on what federal agents found in his Montana Cabin.
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((It may be hard to imagine that such a tiny cabin could yield such a
treasure trove of evidence but FBI documents made public today show that
dozens of items found in Theodore Kaczynski's small home could link him
directly to the unabombing crimes.
The 34 page evidence list shows that FBI agents found assorted chemicals, a
pipe bomb and at least four guns.
In addition they turned up a blue zippered sweatshirt with hood and two
pairs of plastic glasses- items similar to those worn in the famous Unabomber
Agents also found names and addresses of corporate executives along with
street maps of the San Francisco area and bus schedules. This find could be
particularly significant since three of the unabombings took place in the San
Francisco bay area and executives were often the target.
This evidence will be added to an inventory which already includes: three
manual typewriters and a copy of the manifesto printed in the Washington
Post last september. A grand jury will go over the evidence this week- and
decide whether to charge Kaczynski with a string of bombings. Elizabeth
Kaledin CBS News, New York.))
Jessica Dubroff was going to be the youngest pilot to cross the country.
Instead, she was put to rest today at her hometown in California.
It was a home service - her casket in the backyard with friends, family
and even some strangers in attendance.
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((WE CAN ALL USE JESSICA AS AN EXAMPLE TO LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST.))
OUT Q=to its fullest.
Jessica's mother and older brother spoke proudly of her accomplishments,
and say they're glad Jessica followed her dream.
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Still to come on our broadcast, Israel continues its attacks on Lebanon,
and from Lynchburg, we'll tell you how an attempted bank robbery ends as
customers and bank employees subdue a suspect.
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President Clinton is in South Korea tonight.
SUPER=03-Cheju, South Korea;
Peace talks are underway there involving the United States, China, South
and North Korea.
The Korean war ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.
The hope is unconditional talks will yield an enduring peace or at least
settle the strain along the De-militarized zone.
The assault on Lebanon continues.
Seven people are reportedly dead after Israeli attacks on Beirut.
The United Nations security council is discussing the conflict tonight.
((SAMIR MOUBARAK/LEBANESE AMBASSADOR TO UN: WE WILL BE ASKING THE COUNCIL TO
TAKE A FIRM STAND IN CONDEMNING THE ISRAELI AGGRESSION.))
SUPER=01-Samir Moubarak/Lebanese Ambassador to U.N.;
OUT Q=the Israeli aggression."
Meanwhile Israel calls it an act of self defense.
((GAD YAACOBI/ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO UN: WHEN HEZBOLLAH WILL CEASE ITS ATTACKS
ON THE NORTHERN PART OF ISRAEL AND ON THE ISRAELI POPULATION, WE ARE READY TO
CEASE OUR RETALIATION AND OUR ATTACKS.))
SUPER=01-Gad Yaacobi/Israeli Ambassador to U.N.;
OUT Q=AND OUR ATTACKS."
Israel claims the Lebanese government is not doing enough to control the
Iranian backed Hezbollah terrorists living in Lebanon-
Today eight Israeli's were reportedly wounded in a rocket barrage by
A quick thinking bank manager and a customer helped thwart a would-be bank
robber in Lynchburg this morning.
34 year old Troy Nathan Jennings was arrested after he brawled with
employees and police inside the First Federal Savings bank.
Authorities say Jennings pushed a teller out of the way and started grabbing
money when the bank manager tried to stop him.
IN Q=He was approached
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE WAS APPROACHED BY THE MALE BANK
MANAGER, AT THAT TIME A FIGHT BROKE OUT BETWEEN THE BANK MANAGER AND THE
SUSPECT, WHO LIKE I SAID, WAS ALONG AT THE TIME. THE BANK MANAGER MANAGED TO
LOCK HIM INTO THE VAULT WITH THE GATE AND THE ALARM WAS SOUNDED AND POLICE
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=and police responded.
Four people, including the suspect and a police officer, were slightly
injured in the struggle.
Jennings is charged with two counts of robbery.
An electrical problem is blamed for a fire that destroyed a log home in
Pulaski County this afternoon.
Officials say the blaze broke out above a front porch light at the Owens
Road residence in the Snowville area.
By the time it was reported, it was too late to save the 40 year-old house.
((LEE SIMPKINS/SNOWVILLE V.F.D. CHIEF: WE GOT THE CALL AND THE PEOPLE THAT
CALLED IT IN SAID IT WAS ALREADY COMING THROUGH THE ROOF. WE HAD TWO
FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED WITH THE PUMPER. WHEN THEY GOT HERE THE LOG CABIN WAS
TOTALLY INVOLVED WITH FIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Lee Simpkins/Snowville V.F.D. Chief;
OUT Q=involved with fire.
No one was home at the time.
The fire destroyed the house and everything inside.
City Manager Bob Herbert says Roanoke neighborhoods will benefit from his
latest budget proposal.
Today, Herbert unveiled a 152 million dollar spending plan that maintains
services, funds the school board request for education, and includes a four and
a half percent pay raise for employees.
While the budget does not call for any increase in tax rates or fees,
Herbert says it does include new initiatives for neighborhoods including the
rental inspection program.
IN Q=I think that once people have
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I THINK THAT ONCE PEOPLE HAVE CONFIDENCE
THAT PROPERTY IS GOING TO BE MAINTAINED TO A CERTAIN LEVEL, THEY WILL HAVE THE
CONFIDENCE NOT ONLY TO CONTINUE TO LIVE ON THEIR PROPERTY, BUT TO FIX IT UP
BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE OTHER PROPERTY BEING FIXED UP IN AND AROUND THEM.))
OUT Q=in and around them.
Herbert is also proposing changes in garbage collection.
By providing each household with a roll-out container, Herbert believes the
city can save money and improve neighborhood appearance.
City council will approve a final budget in mid-May. A public hearing is
scheduled at the Roanoke Civic Center on April 29th.
A bright economic forecast is translating into good news for Hill City
For the third straight year, the Lynchburg city budget calls for a reduction
in the real estate tax rate.
City officials say they can afford to do that because other revenues are on
IN Q=This city is
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS CITY IS WELL- FINANCED, THIS
CITY IS IN GOOD FISCAL CONDITION, GOOD FINANCIAL CONDITION. WE CERTAINLY DON'T
HAVE ANY MONEY LAYING AROUND, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT, BUT IT IS A CITY THAT'S BEEN
WELL- MANAGED FINANCIALLY AND WE HAVE CERTAIN RESERVES TO HELP US WITH HARD
TIMES IF THEY COME ALONG.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=they come along.
The 98 million dollar budget also contains an extra 1 point 2 million
dollars in local funding for Lynchburg schools.
A public hearing is scheduled for May 9th.
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Still to come on the broadcast,
we'll explain why the city of Roanoke is recognized for going out on a limb.
Republican George Landrith says if elected to Congress he'll never vote to
Landrith is seeking the GOP nomination- He made the pledge as part of a
campaign swing through the Fifth District.
Landrith also promoted his ideas for tax reform, while in Danville this
IN Q=First, we have
((GEORGE LANDRITH/R-FIFTH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: FIRST, WE HAVE TO CONTROL
SPENDING, I THINK THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT AT THIS POINT IS TO OBVIOUSLY GO
THROUGH SOME OF OUR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE UNNECESSARY, AND CUT THEM, WE
HAVE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE VERY VERY IMPORTANT, THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY GROWN
AT A MUCH FASTER RATE THAN THE ECONOMY HAS GROWN, WE NEED TO SLOW THAT RATE
DOWN SO THAT IT GROWS IN STEP WITH THE ECONOMY. ))
SUPER=01-George Landrith/(R) Fifth District Candidate; :00
OUT Q=with the economy.
Delegate Frank Ruff and Ron Buchanan are also seeking the Republican
Rocky Mount state senator Virgil Goode secured the Democratic nomination
Today was the day for candidates to file their fundraising and spending
reports for the last quarter.
In the Senate race, John Warner reports 484-thousand dollars raised, and
778-thousand on hand.
Jim Miller's campaign raised 288- thousand and has 178-thousand left.
On the Democratic side, multi-millionaire Mark Warner reports 300-thousand
raised in the last three months, and 152-thousand still on hand.
Leslie Byrne did NOT release her financial figures to the media in time for
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The Charlotte Hornets came into last night's action in head heat for the
final playoff spot in the NBA's eastern conference.
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Last night Charlotte was on the road in Indianapolis playing a Pacer team
that was without injured star Reggie Miller.
The Hornets threw Rice at the Pacers most of the night, Glen scored 30 but
couldn't get it done by himself.
Mark Jackson hits the three point prayer at the halftime buzzer, the Pacers
come from 19 down to beat the SUPER=32-Indiana/=90/Charlotte/=87;
Hornets 90-to-87, as Charlotte loses ground in the playoff race.
The Miami Heat are in the battle with the Hornets for the final spot and last
night they did their part to stay in the hunt by hammering the Nets 110-to-90.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Nets vs. Heat; :00
The Heat won their fifth straight game thanks to a balanced attack led by
Alonzo Mourning who threw down 20 points.
In all six Miami players were in double figures including former Maryland
stat Walt Williams.
The Nets have now lost seven in a row, and head coach Butch Beard likely will
be fired at season's end.
The NBA has handed down its latest disciplinary action, and it isn't aimed
at Dennis Rodman. The league will make Magic Johnson disappear the next three
games for his tricks Sunday.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC-Yesterday; :00
Earvin bumped referee Scott Foster after a no-call in the win over Phoenix.
Besides the 3 games, the fracas will cost Johnson 10 thousand dollars.
IN Q="I apologize...
((EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON/SUSPENDED FOR 3 GAMES:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Suspended for 3 games;
OUT Q=...do so."
The Virginia Tech basketball office officially released the names of the four
players to sign scholarship players with the University yesterday.
Among the four is six foot seven inch Rolan Roberts from Dumphries, Virginia.
Area fans will remember him from the Potomac-Fleming regional game earlier
wipe to pinnacle board.
The Hokies also have signed Brendon Dunlop a point guard from the Bronx in
New York City.
Bill Foster also gets two front court players in 6-8 Rodd Wheeler, and Puerto
Rico native Jesus Rodriquez.
The 100th running of the Boston Marathon produced few surprises and a number
of repeat winners yesterday.
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Temperatures were in the 50's as 38 thousand 706 entrants began the 26 point
2 mile jaunt through the streets of Boston.
But by the end, a familiar face was mugging for the camera in the women's
Germany's Uta Pippig became the first woman in history to win three straight
marathons with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 12 seconds.
American Jean Driscoll won the women's wheelchair division for the seventh
Switzerland's Hans Fry captured the top prize in the men's wheelchair
And the overall winner was Kenya's Moses (TA-NOO-EE) Tanui. Last year's
runnerup in the marathon won yesterday's event in a time of 2 hour, nine
minutes and 16 seconds.
This is a third straight year a Kenyan has won the men's marathon.
In one sad footnote to the race, a 61 year old Swedish man died of an
apparent heart attack after finishing the event.
Humphry Siesage was pronounced dead at 6:06 last night. An autopsy is
As is tradition on Patriots' Day, the Boston Redsox played an early matinee
at Fenway Park.
Today they hosted the Indians, and were stomped 8-to-nothing.
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Former Salem Buccaneer Tim Wakefield had a rough outing today as the Indians
ripped him early and often.
Carlos Baerga keyed the onslaught with three runs batted in.
The Indians complete the four game sweep of the Sox thanks to Jack
McDowell, who pitched a complete game, nine hit shutout.
The Redsox have now lost five in a row.
The streets of Roanoke will be full of bikes in less than three weeks.
When we come back, Steve Mason will have an update on preparations for the
Tour DuPont's arrival next month.
Tour Dupont officials held a news conference today to hype the return of
cycling's premier event later this Spring.
Steve Mason has some highlights.
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SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/Cycle Roanoke Valley President; :10
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Year; :22
SUPER=01-Mike Engleman/U.S. Postal Service Cyclist; 1:01
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
((The Airport Marriott served as the site for an early morning Tour DuPont
news conference. On the agenda; officially introducing 8 new sponsors.
May 5th's Stage 5 is no longer a mountain time trial. cyclists will not race
the clock, but will now race each other.
More prize money. Try 25 thousand more sponsorship dollars than last year.
John Deer shelled out a grand for the king of the Mountain Jersey winner. Team
U.S. Postal Service cyclists and mountain specialist Mike Engleman hopes to put
his stamp on stage 5.
((MIKE ENGLEMAN/2 TOP 10 TOUR DUPONT FINISHES:))
Winners of the Lynville and Cahas mountain sprints also earn a thousand each.
The price for winning is high. After stage 5, cyclists face the longest of the
tour's mountain stages in the 135 mile stage 6, which turns the beautiful
Mountain Lake resort area into an ugly 4 thousand foot monster.
Stage 6 finishes on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Steve mason
news 7 sports.))
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Roanoke is celebrating Arbor Day as a TREE CITY USA.
The honor is awarded by the National Arbor Day Foundation to just a few
Lincoln Terrace Elementary students packed the schoolyard to plant a
Weeping Cherry tree celebrating the award.
A city qualifies as a Tree-City only if it has an urban forester on staff,
spends two dollars per person on tree work, has an ordinance to protect its
trees, and celebrates Arbor Day with a proclamation signed by the mayor.
Lincoln Terrace has planted 18 trees in honor of Arbor Day.
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IN Q=Its real important that
((BOB BOEREN/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: IT'S REAL IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE
PLANT TREES FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY. THEY COULD BE
FOR WILDLIFE, THEY SOAK A LOT OF WATER IN AREAS WITH POOR DRAINAGE AND JUST THE
SUPER=01-Bob Boeren/Virginia Department of Forestry;
OUT Q=just the beauty.
Valley Beautiful donated the newly-planted trees at the school.
It's a local non profit organization that works to beautify the city.
The school's garden club will take care of the young trees.