Ahead on News 7 at Noon, a suspicious fire at Patrick Henry High School
and we'll have a report as voters cast their ballots in a number of races
including the contest for Roanoke mayor.
Cloudy, cool weather will yeild to a warmer pattern by tomorrow, but the
showers will not go away. I'll have the stormy details coming up.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
News 7 at Noon is next.
Bad weather appears to have dampened the turnout so far for the municipal
elections taking place throughout our area today.
The polls opened at six o'clock this morning.
They will remain open until seven this evening.
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Len Besthoff is in our newsroom and has been keeping a close eye on the
Len, I understand the turnout is low even in Roanoke, which is holding a
mayoral race today.
Melanie the turnout in Roanoke at 10 this morning stood at around eight
Gil Butler with the city's Electoral Board says more than 13- percent had
voted by this time four years ago, the last time the city held a mayoral
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((GIL BUTLER/ROANOKE ELECTORAL BOARD: THE LOWER TURNOUT HAS ALSO BEEN BECAUSE
OF THE NATURE OF THE RACE. IT'S BEEN SORT OF A LOW KEY RACE WITH NOT A LOT OF
HOT TOPIC ISSUES THAT HAS AROUSED THE ELECTORATE TO COME OUT AND VOTE IN HIGH
SUPER=01-Gil Butler/Roanoke Electoral Board;
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Butler did point out that the districts in Roanoke with the highest turnouts
are marginally Republican.
Roanoke today elects a mayor, three council members, and someone to fill the
council seat left by state Senator John Edwards.
In other communities, Lynchburg has contested races in its first and third
wards, plus three other council races.
Danville has eight candidates running for five at large council seats.
Salem has five candidates running for three at large council seats.
Other communities with highly contested races include Bedford, Clifton
Forge, Martinsville, Christiansburg, Glasgow, Hillsville, Pulaski, and South
But by no means is this a complete list.
Remember Melanie, the voting goes until seven o'clock so you still have time
to get out there and cast your ballot.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
(Melanie question: Len will we get any other turnout updates as the day goes
If you want to keep up with the numbers as they come in, check out NEWS-7's
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Plus we'll have complete election results tonight on News 7.
In Lynchburg, Hill City voters are deciding whether Republicans should
maintain their control of city council.
Conservatives hold six of the seven council seats, but independent- slash-
Democratic candidates have waged strong campaigns this year.
Most agree they'll need a better than average turnout to have a chance of
unseating some of the Republicans.
All four Ward seats and one at- large post are up for grabs.
This downtown precinct has seen a steady flow of voters all morning, with
more than 300 casting their ballots by 11 a- m.
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Voter turnout, on the other hand, is described as very light in Danville.
Officials there say 14- percent is the highest turnout at any one precinct.
Eight people are vying for FIVE City Council seats.
Stokes Daniels, Joyce Glaise (GLAZE) and John Hamlin are all seeking
Newcomer Otis Leonard thinks the weather has a lot to do with the low voter
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SUPER=01-Otis Leonard/City Council Candidate; :00
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Other newcomers running for office include Cecil Bridgeforth, Sherman
Saunders, Michael Smith and Pete Castiglione (CAST-ILL-LE-OH-NE).
A fire at Patrick Henry High School did not disrupt voting but some classes
were postponed for a while.
Firefighters were called to the school for the second time in as many weeks
to fight a blaze in a restroom.
Fire officials say someone apparently set a toilet paper dispenser on fire
in the girls room in the Persinger Building.
No one was hurt.
The building was evacuated but students were able to resume classes.
The class period was actually extended so school and fire officials could
account for the whereabouts of all the students.
School officials say they take these incidents very seriously.
A meeting is planned between school officials, the parent-teacher
association and the student government, to determine a plan of action.
The latest news on the New Mexico wildfire isn't good.
SUPER=03-Carson Nat'l Forest, NM;
Strong winds are in the forecast which could whip up flames that have
already charred 75-hundred acres.
The fire's leading edge has moved into deep canyons, making it tougher to
The flames are also just a few miles away from a ski resort town.
Most of the town's 450 residents have evacuated.
Gasoline could soon be about four cents cheaper.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole may call a vote today to roll back the 19-93
gas tax increase.
Meantime, you could be seeing a hike in your phone bill.
Two consumer groups say phone companies want to raise monthly phone service
ten dollars a month over five years.
A spokesperson for Bell Atlantic calls the report a "gross exaggeration."
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
A major recall of child safety seats.
We'll tell you which ones are affected,
and after a number of tests while in protective custody, doctors rule this
little girl is NOT sick.
WX ad lib
music up full
The prosecutor calls him a murderer and rapist.
The defendant says it's a case of mistaken identity.
The two sides have made their opening statements at the first international
war crimes trial since World War Two.
Vicki Mabrey has more.
SUPER=01-Grat Niemann/Prosecutor; :24
SUPER=01-Michail Wladimiroff/Defense Attorney; 1:15
SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; 1:35
OUT Q=Vicki Mabrey, CBS News, The Hague.
The world's attention is focused on The Hague this morning, where the first
man in 50 years to be charged with crimes against humanity is on trial before
an international court.
Dushan Tadic - a Serb - is accused of murdering, raping and torturing
Muslims in three refugee camps during the Bosnian war.
Fifty-six other men -- mostly
Serbs, but also some Muslims and Croats -- are under indictment. The
indictments go all the way to the top, includiog Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan
Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic.
But few of those indicted are in custody.
Tadic was arrested in Germany after some alleged victims pointed him out to
authorities. Tadic denies being in the camps. His attorney says he is a
The prosecution plans to present a stream of victims who will testify that
Tadic is indeed the "Butcher of Prijedor." His attorneys have three dozen
witnesses who will say he is not. The trial is expected to last at least
Vicki Mabrey, CBS News, The Hague. ))
Richmond's Police Chief says that only three or four slayings of older women
among more than a dozen unsolved murders appear to be related.
Since August 19-94, six women age 55 and up, have been found strangled to
death in their homes.
Five of them had a connection to St. Mary's Hospital.
Three of the women were found dead in their bathtubs.
A task force comprised of city detectives and other law enforcement agents
is investigating the killings.
It turns out eight-year-old Jennifer Bush does not have a digestive
disorder after all.
That word comes from her doctors and it has swayed a judge in Florida to
decide that the child's feeding tubes can be removed.
Jennifer's case received national attention when her mother was arrested and
accused of purposely making the child sick to get attention.
Since being put under protective custody, Jennifer has eaten candy bars and
pizza proving she has no trouble digesting food.
Thousands of child safety seats are being recalled.
The recall involves eleven-thousand seats made by CENTURY PRODUCTS and more
than ten-thousand made by EVENFLO.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says mismatched latches
could allow the buckles of the CENTURY models to release in a crash.
With the EVENFLO recall, there's nothing wrong with the seat, it's the
pamphlet that comes with it.
The instructions for toddlers and infants are reversed.
Consumers can contact the companies for information.
The toll-free number for Century products is 1-800 583-4093.
For Evenflo, the number is 1-800 837-4002.
When News 7 returns,
Some well known singers performed at the White House last night,
and another performance a little closer to home brings both talent and a
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President Clinton is targeting teenagers with his anti-smoking campaign.
Today he'll attend a rally at a New Jersey High School.
It's one of more than a dozen anti-smoking rallies scheduled across the
Meantime, there was the sound of music at the White House last night.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night;
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Singers Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville performed for the first family.
The special performance was taped for an upcoming special called, "In
Performance at the White House."
And there was a performance in Roanoke last night by a man who has the
dance moves of Elvis and the message of Billy Graham.
Contemporary Christian singer Carman hopes his show is expanding the
Christian music audience.
Kimberly McBroom has his story.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Carman/Contemporary Christian Musician; :24
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((I LOVE JESUS, HOW 'BOUT YOU? ))
It's gospel music-- but it makes you want to get up and dance.
Complete with light show, dancers, and large video screen-- contemporary
Christian singer Carman brought his "Righteous Invasion of Truth" tour to
Carman's not only promoting his latest C-D of the same title-- but using
his upbeat music to spread his faith.
((CARMAN/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN: MUSIC IS INNATE INSIDE ALL OF US.
WE ALL HAVE THAT HUNGER, THAT THIRST, INSIDE OF US. SOME OF US ARE GOING TO
FILL IT WITH DIFFERENT THINGS. WE JUST TRY TO MAKE SURE THE MUSIC IS FILLED
WITH THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS. ))
And from the looks of this line of fans waiting to get into the show--
apparently plenty of people think his music has the right ingredients.
Carman sings everything from pop to rap to country.
He's been recording since 1981-- and says he'd also like to make
Christian- themed films.
But besides performing, Carman's also an outspoken advocate of
conservative beliefs-- especially putting prayer back into public schools.
((WE TOOK OUT THE BIBLE, WE TOOK OUT THE PRAYER, AND WE HAD TO PUT METAL
DETECTORS ON THE DOORS. ))
Carman calls Christian music the medicine to cure society's ills-- but he
hopes his performances also make it fun.
((THE GOAL IS TO NOT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S MEDICINE, BUT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH TO BE TONIGHT. I'M GLAD I CAME. LAUGHTER. ))
CLOSING SHOT OF CONCERT
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
A Roanoke mail- order and printing firm is about to change hands.
Double Envelope has indicated it wants to acquire Transkrit.
The deal could be sealed next month.
Keith Humphry has more on the merger and a lawsuit that could have some
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SUPER=01-Greg Holdren/Former Transkrit Pressman; :17 (Quick)
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(( Transkrit moved its entire operation to Roanoke from Brewster, New York a
in late 1993.
It produces business forms and mailing labels... the ingredients of "junk
There's also a claim of reverse discrimination against Transkrit that may
have to be settled before Double takes over.
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((THESE PEOPLE, THEY GOT TO LEARN THAT THEY CAN'T TREAT PEOPLE THAT WAY.))
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"
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Transkrit Chairman Frank Neubauer said only: "We don't comment on any
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 35 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - Patrick has sports next, including highlights from a hit and
miss night in Salem,
and Lance Armstrong remains at the head of the pack as he wins yet another
stage in the Tour DuPont.
MUSIC UP FULL
After conquering the climbs and dusting the competition in Stage Six of the
Tour Dupont, Lance Armstrong emerged at Virginia Tech all alone at the head of
The overall leader of the 12 stage event turned the 134 mile race into a
chase as he ran away from his last challenge a few miles out of town.
He easily maintains the yellow leader's jersey as the Tour Dupont heads to
But he says it's not over.
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((LANCE ARMSTRONG/WINNER OF STAGE 6:NO, IT'S NEVER DONE, HONESTLY IT'S NOT. I
DON'T KNOW WHERE THE GAP IS NOW, BUT.. BEACH MOUNTAIN'S A HARD STAGE AND IT'S
UP AND DOWN ALL DAY AND I THINK IF I CAN GET THROUGH BEACH MOUNTAIN I'LL FEEL A
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Winner of Stage 6; :00
OUT Q=...a lot better"
Stage 7 started an hour ago from Wytheville.
It's a 110 mile stage with two challenging climbs.
The cyclists should be in Bristol by three this afternoon.
The Salem Avalanche was at Memorial field last night hosting the slumping
Prince William Cannons, who came into town five games under 500.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cannons vs. Avalanche; :00
Starting in the first the Cannons' Sandy McKinnon grounds one to third.
Steve Bernhardt can't handle it and Nilson Robledo scores.
The Cannons go up three-to-zip before Bernhardt redeems himself in the 2ND as
he hits a shot off pitcher Allan Haley that gets Brian Culp home.
Haley has to leave the game.
Jerry Whitaker doubles in two runs in the top of the fifth to make the score
Nate Holdren does his best to get Salem back in it with a solo homer in the
bottom of the fifth.
But they need six more of those as Salem loses it nine-to-four.
In other Carolina League action last night -- Kinston beat Lynchburg six to
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Thanks for joining us, we'll see you at the polls.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.