They started out each running a printing press at Double Envelope, went to
a rival firm, where HE was FIRED; SHE got a raise.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight: a claim of reverse discrimination in the midst of
a corporate buy- out manoeuvre.
We'll also have: Republican politics, a judicial retirement and the issue
of teen pregnancy.
Tonight in sports, Byrd star Chris Childress picks his college, The NBA picks
Payton, the police pick up Butch Hobson,
And Lance Armstrong picks apart the field as he easily wins stage six of the
Tour DuPont today in Blacksburg.
More rain on the way, thunder rumbles again in the southwest, and
WeatherSchool looks at large hail...just like we did yesterday.
Two nationally- known printing companies here in the Roanoke Valley are
Double Envelope intends to acquire 100-percent of the stock in its
cross-town competitor, TRANSKRIT.
Both companies confirm there's a tentative agreement, and sources say the
deal could be done by early June.
Transkrit moved its entire operation to Roanoke from Brewster, New York a
couple of years ago.
It produces business forms and mailing labels... what many people refer to
as "junk mail."
There's also a claim of reverse discrimination against Transkrit that may
have to be settled before Double takes over.
IN Q=These people
((THESE PEOPLE, THEY GOT TO LEARN THAT THEY CAN'T TREAT PEOPLE THAT WAY.))
SUPER=01-Greg Holdren/Former Transkrit Pressman
Transkrit fired Greg Holdren after not quite nine months on the job as a
Ironically he'd worked for Double Envelope for eight years but thought
Transkrit might offer a better opportunity.
He says Transkrit fired him because he couldn't meet production goals set
by the company.
But he says there are half a dozen other pressman at Transkrit with worse
performance records, including one WOMAN.
IN Q=While they
((WHILE THEY SINGLED ME OUT, THEY SAID I HAD TO PRODUCE MY NUMBERS, SHEILA
WASN'T PRODUCING HERS.))
The woman is NOT named in the federal lawsuit, and we agreed not to name on
the air. But she concedes Holdren has a valid complaint.
She also confirmed she's had "trouble with numbers..." that she's not as
productive as Holdren and some of her fellow pressmen.
But, she says: Transkrit has never threatened to fire her.
Holdren says an investigator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
summed up the case for him this way.
((THEY FIRED YOU BECAUSE YOU HAD LOW PRODUCTION AND YET THEY KEPT A WOMAN THAT
MADE LESS PRODUCTION THAN YOU. HE SAID: "THERE'S YOUR CASE."))
The E-E-O-C has granted Holdren the "right to sue" Transkrit.
Holdren also believes he's a victim of regional bias from his "Yankee"
OUT Q=around here.
Transkrit Chairman Frank Neubauer said only: "We don't comment on any
A four year- old girl who was resuscitated after more than an hour under
water has died.
Jaimee Lynn Dieahm was playing near a pond with several older children
yesterday when she fell in.
Montgomery County sheriff Doug Marrs says the other children tried to pull
her out with a stick, but the girl couldn't hold on.
The first rescuers to respond were two uniformed Christiansburg police
officers who dove into the water.
Sergeant Hank Epperly finally located the child and pulled her out, and
rescuers revived her.
She died this morning at Community Hospital of Roanoke.
The train that struck and killed a Halifax County man was pulling 100- empty
Authorities say the train sounded its whistle, but 52- year old Jimmy
Guthrie apparently didn't move.
He was sitting on the tracks when he was struck around 8:15 last night in
the town of Clover.
The Norfolk Southern train, which was travelling about 20- miles per hour,
had just dropped off a load of coal at the Clover Power Plant.
Authorities say the train weighed about 34- hundred tons at the time of the
Guthrie died at the hospital.
Suffolk delegate Robert Nelms WILL once again be telling his account of how
he came to be arrested in a Richmond park known for illicit sexual activity.
This afternoon, a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to charge
Nelms with indecent exposure--again.
The Republican lawmaker told reporters Friday that he was the victim of a
witch hunt by the police and media. He claims he was walking in the park and
was stopped by police after he relieved himself.
Nelms has already frustrated prosecutors once on the February arrest by
invoking legislative immunity.
Today's grand jury indictment allows him to be re- charged now that the
General Assembly's business is over for the year.
The pace is picking up.
Republican Senator John Warner picked up Bob Dole's endorsement over the
Today, his campaign charged opponent Jim Miller with breaking federal
Warner campaign manager John Hishta (HISH-tuh) says Miller's Commonwealth
PAC was formed to help Republican General Assembly candidates--
but instead appears to have helped fund Miller's campaign for Senate.
IN Q=Miller's scheme
((JOHN HISHTA/JOHN WARNER'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER: MILLER'S SCHEME TO RESCUE HIS
FLOUNDERING SENATE CAMPAIGNS WAS BASED ON A CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH. THAT THE
STATE PAC WOULD RAISE MONEY FOR STATE CANDIDATES IN THE 1995 VIRGINIA
ELECTIONS. HOWEVER, REPORTS FILED WITH THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHOW
COMMONWEALTH PAC GAVE ONLY 1-POINT-78 PERCENT OF THE APPROXIMATELY
77-THOUSAND-500 DOLLARS IT RAISED TO STATE CANDIDATES, 2-POINT-4 PERCENT TO
STATE AND LOCAL PARTY COMMITTEES.))
SUPER=01-John Hishta/John Warner's Campaign Manager;
OUT Q=party committees.
Hishta says federal election laws allow NO corporate contributions and NO
individual contributions over one thousand dollars -- and so Commonwealth PAC
money would be off limits to Miller's campaign.
The Miller campaign responds that Miller's use of Commonwealth PAC money was
confined to getting the Republican message out and advising fellow candidates.
A spokesman calls the FEC complaint a "desperate act" by the Warner
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he has kept his campaign
promises and now the Roanoke Republican hopes to win a new term in Congress.
Goodlatte announced his re- election plans this morning with news
conferences in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
Goodlatte will have democratic opposition this year, but he says he is
ready for the challenge.
IN Q=We are getting organized
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: WE ARE GETTING ORGANIZED AND GETTING
READY TO RUN AND GOING TO CARRY OUR MESSAGE OF HARD WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE
6TH DISTRICT WORKING ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REPRESENTING MAINSTREAM
CONSERVATIVE VIEWS IN WASHINGTON.))
OUT Q=conservative views in Washington.
Sixth District Democrats will nominate their candidate for the
congressional race next weekend in Roanoke.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
A retiring judge looks back on 11 years on the bench--and says he's glad
he's had the chance to serve the community.
and it's a problem that has many people concerned--Roanoke's high teen
pregnancy rate. White ribbons symbolize some students' determination to do
something about it.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A newcomer and a six- year- veteran have won seats on the Roanoke City
Today, City Council appointed former Economic Development Director Brian
Wishneff to fill one of two open seats on the city School Board.
Council also reappointed Charles Day, a former School Board Chairman who
has served since 1990.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Chosen from a list of four finalists, Wishneff and Day will serve three-
year terms beginning in July.
Judge John Apostolou (ah PAHS ta lou) is preparing to step down after 11
years as a Roanoke County District Court judge.
The judge says he hopes he's made a difference in the community.
IN Q=we all want to
((JUDGE JOHN APOSTOLOU/ROANOKE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT: WE ALL WANT TO GO DOWN
THINKING THAT DURING OUR TERM OF OFFICE WE MADE A DIFFERENCE - I THINK THAT'S
THE REAL TEST AND I FEEL THAT MOST DAYS ONE CASE, TWO CASES OR THE WHOLE DAY
THAT MY BEING ON THE BENCH DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE.))
SUPER=01-Judge John Apostolou/Roanoke Co. District Court
OUT Q=make a difference.
**Keith on ENG***
At age 65, Apostolou will be retiring June first.
He says he has no second thoughts about the decision.
Apostolou served as a substitute judge in the mid 60's before being promoted
to full-time status on the court.
He has some advice for his successors.
IN Q=i think that a
((I THINK THAT A YOUNG JUDGE WOULD HAVE TO EXERCISE THE ONE QUALITY THAT I ONCE
HEARD THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAY - THE GREATEST QUALITY OF A JUDGE IS
OUT Q=judge is restraint.
Judge Apostolou has already made plans to go fishing upon retirement.
Amherst County car dealer Kendall Brockman has avoided a prison term.
Though he admitted to money laundering funds for a gang of drug
traffickers, Brockman today was placed on probation for three years.
The group transported hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine in
Amherst County from Texas.
Also today in federal court Cecil Rucker and Steven Holt were each
sentenced to serve a year and a half in prison for their roles in narcotics and
The Dow opened the week with a loss--dropping almost 14 points to finish at
54 hundred 64.
NASDAQ was up a point.
The owner of Roanoke's Patrick Henry Hotel insists it's not for sale.
An ad in last Friday's Wall Street Journal says it's on the auction block.
The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development says that's because the
hotel's owner is behind in its mortgage payments to the agency.
The owner, Affirmative Equities of New York, disagrees.
It says it's negotiating to pay off the loan in full.
Affirmative Equities says proof of its plans to stay around a while can be
seen in the fact it recently invested several hundred thousand dollars in the
If the statistics are right, in Roanoke, one out of every ten teenage girls
gets pregnant-- that's twice the rate of the state average.
At the Fleming-Ruffner Teen Health Center, and at Patrick Henry High School,
students are commemorating "Teen Pregnancy Prevention Week" by wearing white
ribbons, and learning more about the issues.
IN Q=What we're
((DENEEN EVANS/FLEMING-RUFFNER TEEN HEALTH CENTER: WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO DO IS
TO GET ACROSS THE MESSAGE AT BOTH HIGH SCHOOLS THAT IT'S COOL TO BE A VIRGIN
AND TO PROMOTE HEALTHY DECISION MAKING AMONGST OUR TEENS ))
SUPER=01-Deneen Evans/Fleming-Ruffner Teen Health Center; :
OUT Q=our teens.
butt butt butt
IN Q=A lot of
((CANDACE BEAMER/STUDENT: A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT'S NOT PEER PRESSURE, THAT
THAT'S A THING OF THE PAST. BUT I THINK IT IS PEER PRESSURE AND IT STILL EXISTS
AND THAT'S WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. ))
SUPER=01-Candace Beamer/Student; :
OUT Q=what the problem is.
Now, it's not just girls being targeted with the message.
Health educators say it's important to hold boys just as accountable as
A Halifax County man doesn't dispute he took someone's life.
But Otis Carrington's attorney says it was a case of self- defense.
A jury apparently agreed.
After deliberating for just an hour and a half-- Carrington was found NOT
Prosecutors say Charlie James Hamlett was shot six times and that most of
the bullets struck his back side.
According to testimony, Hamlett was carrying a rifle earlier in the evening
and had been fighting with his wife shortly before he threatened to hit
Coming up tonight in sports, Lance Armstrong stage six of the Tour Dupont,
Steve Mason will have a look at some of the sights along today's 134 mile race.
The Avalanche is back home tonight.
And I'll tell you where this are high school basketball star has decided to
attend college, right after this break.
The Tour DuPont reached the half way point today.
Steve Mason has more on the stage 6 start at the Salem Civic Center and
the warm reception in Craig County.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Overall Leader; :29
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; 1:04
SUPER=01-Levi Martin/Craig Co. 5th Grader; 1:22
SUPER=01-Jamie Wimmer/Craig Co. 5th Grader; 1:28
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports"
((With 6 mountain climbs up 17,745 feet over 134 miles, leg Massages were in
order at the Salem Civic Center.
It seemed nothing could loosen up overall leader Lance Armstrong.
The Texan was irritated when the International Cycling Federation made an
exception and did not penalize second place holder Tony Rominger's time after
he fell near yesterday's finish.
Armstrong, along with the peleton soon turned their focus to Stage 6. After
pulling out of the civic center, the course took them past the Salem Court
School was out in Craig County as students big and small made their way out
to watch the cyclist race by.
Sascha Hendrix of team Die Continentale was the first rider to hit Craig
About 6 minutes later, the peleton arrived to cheers from the entire student
body, and as usual, Lance was the man.
The stage was delayed a bit today finishing about an hour and ten minutes
later than expected, Stage six in now in the books.
Lance Armstrong the overall leader of the race coming into today, turned the
134 mile race into a chase as he blistered the field and was all alone at the
finish line in Blacksburg.
He easily maintains the yellow leader's jersey as the Tour Dupont heads to
Wytheville tomorrow morning.
But he says it's not over.
IN Q="No it's
((LANCE ARMSTRONG/WINNER OF STAGE 6:))
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Winner of Stage 6; :00
OUT Q=...a lot better"
One of the area's top high school basketball players has decided to continue
making string music in Nashville.
SUPER=03-Vinton/1995-96 Season; :00
William Byrd's Chris Childress confirmed this afternoon that he has made a
verbal committment to David Lipscomb University in Music City.
The school is a NAIA member and Childress will receive a full scholarship.
The all-state, all-regional, and all-district selection picked the school
over Longwood, Emory & Henry, Bluefield and Roanoke College.
Yet another college underclassman has made himself eligible for the upcoming
This afternoon, Antoine Walker, the sophomore forward at the University of
Kentucky, who helped lead the Wildcats to this year's NCAA title, says he's
leaving school early in order to help his family financially.
The NBA playoffs resume tonight in the West with the Rockets and Sonics
battling in game two of their best seven semi-final.
This afternoon, Seattle point guard Gary Payton was named the league's
defensive player of the year.
Payton led the Sonics and the entire league in steals this season with an
average of three a game.
Three former NBA greats and former ODU star Nancy Leiberman-Cline lead the
six inductees who will be enshrined in the basketball hall of fame tonight
SUPER=03-Springfield, MA; :00
The six former greats visited the hall this afternoon at an informal
gathering, and for former N.C. State star David Thompson, it was an eye opening
experience in more ways than one.
IN Q="You see...
((DAVID THOMPSON/HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1996:))
SUPER=01-David Thompson/Hall of Fame Class of 1996; :00
OUT Q=...MY NAME BY IT."
The Salem Avalanche is back home at Salem Memorial stadium tonight as the
team opens a four game series with Prince William.
Yesterday during WDBJ Family Day at the ballpark, the Avalanche and Hillcats
battled to a 2-all tie before rain forced the suspension of the game in the top
of the eighth.
Tonight Salem opens it strong starting pitching will carry the team against
IN Q="I know...
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=...still compete."
And finally tonight former Boston Redsox manager Butch Hobson is out of jail
but not out trouble.
Hobson was arrested over the weekend at a Pawtucket, Rhode Island hotel and
charged with possesion of cocaine.
Hobson, who managed the Sox from 1992 through 1994, currently manages
Scranton-Wilkes Barre in the Triple-A ranks.
(toss to Jean)
When you think of contemporary Christian music-- names like Sandi Patti
and Michael W. Smith usually come to mind.
But tonight, another Christian music star is performing at the Roanoke
Civic Center Coliseum.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, the singer's name is Carman--
Roanoke is one stop on his "Righteous Invasion of Truth" or R.I.O.T. tour.
And fans are already lining up outside the civic center.
Carman is known for his high energy performances.
He offers a wide variety of musical styles-- ranging from pop and rap, to
big band and country.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll talk with Carman-- as well as take a peek at his concert tonight on
News 7 at 11.