Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A Roanoke plant is shutting down leaving nearly three hundred workers out of
This man is free after 23 years- The reason- DNA testing proves he's
Plus a Miami TV station reports on the cause of the Valujet Crash. We'll
have the latest.
And the holiday forecast.
News 7 is next.
Nearly 300 workers at a Roanoke furniture plant will be out of a job this
Singer Furniture announced this afternoon it plans to stop production at its
Hollins Road location.
Scott Prince has the story.
SUPER=01-Elaine Taylor/Singer Employee; :10
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/V.P. of Administration; :28
SUPER=01-Betty Smith/Singer Employee; :56
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( For these Singer Furniture workers... the holiday weekend is filled with
IN Q=They told
((ELAINE TAYLOR/SINGER EMPLOYEE: THEY TOLD US THINGS WERE GOING TO GET BETTER
AND THEY TOLD US TO HANG IN THERE. THEN THEY TOLD US THIS. ))
OUT Q=told us this
Here's what THIS is.
Singer's Roanoke plant is closing... and will move all manufacturing to
That means 290 workers will lose their jobs.
Company officials say production far out weighs sales... and that something
needed to be done.
IN Q=We have
((BILL FOSTER/VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION: WE HAVE HAD SENIOR PEOPLE FROM
HONG KONG AND ROME IN THIS WEEK WORKING WITH US ON THIS STRUCTURING. AND THE
COMPANY IS BEING FIRMED UP TO BE COMPETITIVE. ))
OUT Q=to be competitive
Foster says Singer will work with every laid- off employee... trying to
place them in similar jobs in the Roanoke Valley.
Some long- term employees say that's not surprising... and even had good
things to say about the company.
IN Q=I stayed
((BETTY SMITH/SINGER EMPLOYEE: I STAYED 22 YEARS SO THEY DID PRETTY GOOD BY ME.
OUT Q=by me
Workers will have a little bit of time to find new jobs.
The plant will stop production next month... but won't officially close
until the end of July.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Not all jobs at the Roanoke site will be lost.
Singer will keep about fifty administrative workers.
They include customer service representatives, accountants, and computer
Michael Knowles says he should have stuck to his original plan of taking off
on a motorcycle, rather than killing his estranged wife.
Knowles is charged with murder in the death of Angie Knowles.
In a telephone interview from the Montgomery County jail, Knowles said he was
depressed because his wife had left him.
((VOICE OF MICHAEL KNOWLES: SHE TOOK EVERYTHING THAT WAS IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE,
AND THAT WAS THE FAMILY. SHE LEFT THE HOUSE, SHE LEFT THE TV, BUT THAT WAS,
EVERYTHING WAS EMPTY WHEN I GOT BACK. THERE WASN'T ANYTHING ALIVE IN THE HOUSE.
OUT Q=alive in the house.
And he admitted being angry because he thought his wife was having a romance
through her computer.
Knowles said THAT, and an angel's prophecy of an economic crash prompted him
to kill her.
((I KNEW THIS BIG ECONOMIC CRASH WAS COMING TO AMERICA AND THE ONLY WAY TO
PREPARE, TO HAVE MY CHILDREN NOT TO BE ON THE STREET, FOR US NOT TO LOSE OUR
HOME WAS TO TAKE HER LIFE FOR THE INSURANCE FOR THE KIDS. ))
OUT Q=for the kids.
Knowles says he intended to shoot himself as well, but surrendered instead
because he thought he would suffer more if he lived.
A man jailed for 13 years for rape is free- after DNA testing proved he did
not do it.
((THOMAS WEBB: HALLELUYAH, PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD. ))
SUPER=01-Thomas Webb/Former Prisoner;
OUT Q=Praise God (third time)
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
New D-N-A evidence led an Oklahoma judge to throw out the guilty verdict in
Thomas Webb's 1983 rape case.
Webb got married while in jail a year ago, and it was his new wife who
helped gain his release.
IN Q=the more I knew him
((GAIL WEBB: THE MORE I KNEW HIM THE MORE I KNEW IT COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE
SUPER=01-Gail Webb/Thomas Webb's Wife;
OUT Q=possibly be him.
Webb says he's not bitter at the woman who put him behind bars.
GRAPHIC=At Risk Kids
Nearly 40-percent of Virginia's 25-thousand prison inmates have a juvenile
That's one reason experts are looking for ways to keep youngsters out of
trouble before they reach the court system.
Teresa Hamilton has more in the final part of our series "At Risk: Kids and
SUPER=01-Jim Rosenbaum/W. W. Moore Detention Home Supt.; :13
SUPER=01-John Greenbacker/Halifax Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; :35
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; 1:01 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Karen Traynham/Mother; 1:14 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; 1:26
SUPER=01-Shirley Coles/Neighborhood Organization Pres.; 1:52 QUICK!!
SUPER=07-Hakim Sutton; 2:04
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Overcrowding may be a problem at the W. W. Moore Juvenile Detention Home
But it hasn't kept Superintendent Jim Rosenbaum from offering programs--
like year 'round schooling and narcotics anonymous.
IN Q=We also
((JIM ROSENBAUM/W.W. MOORE DETENTION HOME SUPT.: WE ALSO OFFER A LIFE, A FAMILY
LIFE PROGRAM, THIS CENTERS AROUND EVERYTHING FROM BASIC HYGIENE TO SOCIAL
OUT Q=social skills.
Programs, like those offered, are important.
But some feel it's almost too late when the child reaches the courts.
Commonwealth's Attorney John Greenbacker believes parents should be held
IN Q=The simple
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: THE SIMPLE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS THAT GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS CAN NOT BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOOD
OUT Q=good parenting.
Experts agree, something needs to be done-- especially since the juvenile
arrest rate for violent crimes in Virginia has grown much more rapidly than the
And, it's not helping, they say, when police are viewed as the enemy by kids
who watch their friends placed under arrest.
IN Q=We're trying
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:WE'RE TRYING TO CLEAN IT UP FOR EVERYBODY OVER
HERE AND THAT'S DISHEARTENING, NO QUESTION. ))
OUT Q=no question.
But in South Boston, a program is in place, to help children begin to trust
and identify with police.
IN Q=They come
((KAREN TRAYNHAM/MOTHER:THEY COME BY THE HOUSE AT NIGHT, TALKS TO THEM, HOW
THEY'RE DOING IN SCHOOL, HOW THEY PLAY BALL.))
OUT Q=they play ball.
It's called community policing-- the officers patrol on bike, and it is
hoped that will help them be more accessible to the community.
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF:IT SHOWS THEM THAT THE POLICE OFFICERS
HAVE FAMILIES, THEY HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN, AND IT HELPS THEM RELATE WITH EACH
OTHER MUCH BETTER.))
OUT Q=much better.
Experts are also preaching the importance of mentoring programs and community
In Danville, the Westmoreland Neighborhood Organization is one group doing
Organization President Shirley Coles has been instrumental in hosting
different "fun days" and events for local young people.
IN Q=It's up
((SHIRLEY COLES/ORGANIZATION PRESIDENT:IT'S UP TO US BECAUSE THEY CAN GET OUT
HERE AND GET DRAWN ON THESE STREET CORNERS BY THE WRONG CROWD. ))
OUT Q=wrong crowd.
There are no easy solutions for curbing youth crime. But many feel certain
talking about the problem, instead of ignoring it, is taking a step in the
right direction. Teresa Hamilton, News 7. ))
GRAPHIC=Place Crash Invest
A report tonight on a possible cause of the Valujet Crash.
A Miami T-V station says investigators think oxygen canisters caused a fire
in the cargo hold.
The station reports the fire then burned through electronic steering
cables, causing the pilot to lose control of the plane.
SUPER=03-Dade Co, FL;
Meanwhile the remains of eight victims have now been positively identified.
The I-D's were made through tattoos, dental records and fingerprints.
SOT 21:31:34 archives
((FAMILIES WANT REMAINS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM. THAT'S THE
CASE. OBVIOUSLY THEY WILL NOT BE FULL BODIES BECAUSE OF THE FORCE OF THE
SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Mittleman/Dade Chief Medical Examiner;
OUT Q=FORCE OF THE IMPACT."
So far only 20 percent of the remains have been found. 110 people died in
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, when News 7 returns, we'll head to Victory Stadium for a live
report from tonight's Festival in the Park,
and we'll also head down the information superhighway to see how one area high
school is using a computer web page to prepare its students for life in the
high tech business world.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Festival in Park
If you had a yearning for country music tonight, then Victory Stadium was
the place to be.
It was all a part of country night that kicked off this year's Festival in
Double Boxes=Jean and Jay/Microwave
Jay Moore is there. How was the music tonight?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: for its future.)
SUPER=01-Paula Robertson/Dealer's Choice;:23
SUPER=07-Aaron Tippin; :48
SUPER=01-Mike Grose/Dealer's Choice; 1;06
OUT Q=feel good about that (BITE)
Double Boxes=Jean and Jay/Microwave
GRAPHIC=Festival in Park
And if you'd like to check out the schedule of events for Festival in the
Park, your Hometown Station is here to help out.
The complete Festival schedule is a on News 7's Homepage.
The address is on your television screen.
Again that's everything that's happening at Festival in the Park on News 7's
There's another home page on the Internet you might want to check out.
This one was created entirely by high school students in Bedford County.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Five years ago.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Perry Pinion/Student; :14
SUPER=01-Nick Clark/Homepage Creator; :38
SUPER=01-Corinne Hoisington/Teacher; :58
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( Five years ago, Liberty High School offered just a single section of
computer science... today there are 28. With more and more jobs requiring
some level of computer skills, students are becoming more cyber- savvy than
IN Q=I liked surfing
((PERRY PINION/STUDENT: I LIKED SURFING THE NET BUT I DIDN'T KNOW BASICALLY HOW
IT WAS PUT TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=put together.
Now he does.
In fact, Perry Pinion and the rest of his Computer Four class have created
their own home page for Liberty High School.
((HOW TO GET A DIPLOMA, THE ENTIRE PROGRAMS AT LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL, STUDENTS
You name it, and the Liberty web site has it.
From the student newspaper to a 3-D image of the campus, there's something
IN Q=We just
((NICK CLARK/HOMEPAGE CREATOR: WE JUST BASICALLY WANTED TO SHOW THE WORLD
BASICALLY A LOT OF THE STUFF THAT WE CAN DO AT LIBERTY AND A LOT OF THE
INFORMATION ABOUT LIBERTY.))
OUT Q=about Liberty.
((Essentially what the Liberty students have done is taken the average high
school message board and gone high tech. Now anyone, anywhere in the world can
access information about Liberty High School, making it a valuable recruiting
OUT Q=recruiting tool.
IN Q=So many
((CORINNE HOISINGTON/TEACHER: SO MANY BUSINESSES WHEN THEY FIRST DECIDE TO
RELOCATE IN A NEW AREA, FIRST CHECK ON THE SCHOOLS AND IF WE COULD HAVE A
WORLDWIDE SITE LIKE WE DO NOW TO TELL THEM HOW GREAT LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL IS AND
OUT Q=Bedford County.
Here's the address if you want to drop in on Liberty's web site... the
students say they welcome comments and feedback from their fellow Internet
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up next on the broadcast, the race for the White House is coming to a
television near you,
And we'll show you how a Tricycle race in Washington is giving its racers a
lot of exposure for a brief race.
MUSIC UP FULL
Senator Bob Dole is taking shots at Bill Clinton and the President is
It's the political season heating up on T-V.
Kent Jarrell reports on what you can expect to see on the air.
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/Press Secretary; :28
SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Murkowski/(R) Alaska; 43
SUPER=01-Kent Jarrell/CBS News; 1:02
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((Republicans are going negative in a big way.
The Ad says the President is trying to use the soldiers and sailors relief act
of 1940 to avoid a sexual harrasemgnt trial. That act protects military
personnel from being sued while on active duty.
MIKE MCCURRY/PRESS SECRETARY: THIS AD DISTORTS THE TRUTH.
The fight has spread to the senate.
SEN. FRANK MURKOWSKI/(R) ALASKA:
Quick as a blink, Democrats call Bob Dole a quitter for resigning from the
KENT JARRELL/CBS NEWS: THE ATTACKS GET NASTIER AND NASTIER AS BOB DOLE BEGINS
TO CAMPAIGN FULL TIME AND TRYS TO CUT INTO BILL CLINTON'S SIGNIFICANT LEAD IN
KENT JARRELL FOR CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
A cold start to the Memorial Day weekend in Southern California.
A storm from the north brought heavy rain and hail to the San Diego area
Hail pelted windshields and covered the ground in many areas.
It made driving a nightmare with limited visibility and flooded roads.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=Region III soccer
William Byrd's Michael Berry proved why he was selected Region III player
of the year tonight. He scored 4 of William Byrd's 5 goals to lead the Terriers
over Salem in the Regional title game at Northside high school.
SUPER=03-Roanoke, Co./Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
A good crowd on hand to see what these two rivals would do in their fourth
meeting of the season.
In the first half, with Byrd up 1-nothing, Terrier Chris Dowdy goes inside
to Cory Hastings..He taps it to the money man, Michael Berry..and count it.
Byrd leads 2-zip.
11 minutes later, the rock just barely gets by Spartan goalkeeper Ray
Cowling and Berry is there for goal number 3.
Salem did makes some nice stops on SUPER=34-William Byrd/==5/Salem/==1;
the night. John McClure makes this point blank save to keep his Spartans within
But Byrd went up 4-1 on this tally off the foot of...you guessed it Berry,
and William Byrd wins 5-1, both teams advance to the state tourney.
((MICHAEL BERRY/REGION III PLAYER OF YEAR:))
((JEFF HIGHFILL/REGION III COACH OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Michael Berry/Region III Player of Year; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Highfill/Region III Player of Year; :06
OUT Q=...The field"
The 10th annual Crestar festival Soccer Tournament invades the valley
The new 350 thousand dollar Berglund Soccer complex is one of 5 sites for
the tournament that begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 and concludes Sunday at
Rivers Edge, Vineyard Park, Green Hill Park and Hollins College will also
IN Q="We have
((DANNY BEAMER/VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Valley Youth Soccer Director; :00
OUT Q=....roanoke valley"
The Utah Jazz beat the Seattle Sonics 96-76 in game three of the NBA Western
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/TNT; :00
Seattle's Gary Payton nails the trey from the corner in the first half,
but Utah would answer.
Karl malone to Chris Morris for the jam. Utah wins by 20 and trails the Sonics
2 games to 1 in the series.
Florida topped Pittsburgh in game three of the Stanley Cup Eastern
Conference playoffs tonight.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Penguins vs. Panthers; :00
The Panthers go up 2 games to 1. Ray Shepherd simply outmuscles Pen's
goalie Tom Barrasso for a 1-nothing SUPER=31-Florida/==5/Pittsburgh/==2;
Brian Slomiski picks up this garbage goal for Pittsburgh, but Florida wins
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL/Tigers vs. Cavaliers; :00
The UVa baseball team spanked Princeton 12-2 today in the NCAA division I
Cavalier pitcher Pat daneker was strong all
day, here he ends the inning on the strike out.
E.J. Anderson crushed this homer to make it 5-nothing UVa, the pitching did
IN Q="Our game..
((PAT DANEKER/UVA WINNING PITCHER:))
((DENNIS WOMACK/UVA COACH:))
SUPER=01-Pat Daneker/UVa Winning Pitcher; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa coach; :07
OUT Q=...for us"
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
There is more baseball headed your way. We will check in on the D-III
action form today,
and Roy Stanley chats with the tournament's unsung hero, the chef.
Bridgewater State elimnated Marietta today in second day action of the
Division III Baseball championship at Salem Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bears vs Pioneers; :
Marietta got on the board in the bottom of the third. Rob Menke hits a
shot up the middle for a double Brett Mann rounds the bases to score and it was
1 to nothing Pioneers.
but the Bears rallied in the top of the fourth. Jim Martorana hits a
single to the right centerfield wall two runners cross the plate and
Bridgewater state led 2 to 1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Brine gets SUPER=34-Bridgewater
State/==5/Marietta/==3;all of this pitch it goes into the gap and left center
field scoring a run, but Bridgwater State wins by 2.
NCAA division III competition can create quite an appetite.
So, when everything's said and done and a champion is crowned; the
tournament MVP might be the guy who swings a spatula and not a bat.
Roy Stanley explains.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Shirley Clemons/Salem Civic Center Chef; :27
SUPER=01-Joe Yager/Upper Iowa Pitcher; :53(quick)
SUPER=01-Lalo Reyes/RPI Outfielder; 1:03
SUPER=01-Marty Slimak/Cal Lutheran Head Coach; 1:08
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
((Shirley Clemons has been preparing the meals at the Salem Civic Center for
more than a year and a half.
Last week he cooked the meals for the Division three softball tournament.
And this weeks its the Baseball Tournament.
For Today's barbecue, Clemons cooked 60-pounds of chopped barbecue, 120
pounds of pork ribs and 150 pounds of barbecue chicken.))
((SHIRLEY CLEMONS/SALEM CIVIC CENTER CHEF: ))
((Today's meal was more than enough to feed over 300 people.
The players and coaches are enjoying their stay in Salem this week.
They're playing in a first class baseball park and the hospitality and food has
also been first class.))
((JOE YAGER/PITCHER UPPER IOWA: ))
((LALO REYES/RPI OUTFIELDER: ))
((MARTY SLIMAK/CAL LUTHERAN: ))
((In Salem, Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Residents of Auburn, Washington say their annual Undy 500 tricycle race
beats the pants off the Indy 500.
That's because everyone has to ride in their underwear.
Riders have to navigate a complicated obstacle course on a tricycle.
Not only must they keep their eyes on the road, but they have to make sure
their underwear doesn't turn in the wrong direction either.
This year's winner- A couple. Randy and Renee Dean each received 500
dollars and the coveted Undy 500 trophy.
No one went home empty handed though, each racer got a pair of Fruit of the