And we've GOT the news on News-7.
Electrical workers approve a new contract at the Delta Star plant in
The rejection of a contract at Rubatex prompts the company to lay off 287.
And the next generation of space shuttle vehicles is unveiled in Pasadena.
We'll take a look at storm damage caused by 90-mile an hour winds.
Super=#D-59;News 7 at 11;
A newly formed Danville organization is accusing local police of using
excessive force while arresting four women at a local clothing store.
The Reverend Thomas Motley outlined the allegations at a news conference
surrounded by members of C-PAC (see-pac)-- otherwise known as Citizens Policing
17- year old Natasha Fitzgerald and 18- year old Kwanza (kwan-za) Cobbs say
police used excessive force in arresting them last month for allegedly
trespassing at a local clothing store.
Angela Crowley says she saw what happened and tried to find out the girls
names to call their parents but was thrown to the ground and charged with
impeding an officer.
IN Q=I want
((ANGELA CRAWLEY:I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS MY LITTLE KIDS GROW UP THEY DON'T
HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT THESE GIRLS WENT THROUGH, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY
ARE BLACK OR WHITE OR WHAT EVER.
REV. THOMAS MOTLEY/C-PAC FOUNDER:WE ARE CITIZENS JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, WE
CAN NO LONGER TOLERATE A DOUBLE STANDARD OF JUSTICE. WE HAVE RIGHTS AND WE WANT
OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ADHERED TO AND WE WANT THE SAME RESPECT AS ANY OTHER
CITIZEN IN THIS CITY. ))
SUPER=07-Angela Crawley; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Thomas Motley/C-PAC Founder; :20
OUT Q=this city.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris says he's unaware of any complaint being
filed against his department.
A grand jury has indicted a Roanoke woman... accused of murdering her infant
28- year- old Veronica Janine Via told police that she couldn't care for the
baby alone... and that she wanted to- -quote- -"send her to a better place."
She has now been officially charged with fatally beating the two week old
child at homeless shelter last December.
IN Q=The circumstances
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING
THE BABY'S DEATH WERE SUSPICIOUS. SO THE DETECTIVES CONTINUED THEIR
INVESTIGATION. RECENTLY THE MOTHER GAVE A STATEMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=a statement
Via must post a 20 thousand dollar bond by the end of the week... or turn
herself into authorities.
Union workers at Lynchburg's Delta Star plant avoided a strike tonight by
approving a new three- year contract.
On Sunday, the electrical workers rejected the original company offer
because of differences over wage increases and work schedules.
Both sides say the problems were hammered out in the newest offer that
members approved late today by a 61 to 24 vote.
Three years ago Delta Star workers spent six weeks on the picket line in a
Delta Star builds electrical transformers.
Rubatex officials today notified union members that layoffs at the Bedford
plant will begin September 1st.
A total of 287 workers will be let go from the company's intrusion operation
between September 1996 and October 1997.
According to a list obtained by News 7, some of the workers being laid off
have put in more than 35 years on the job.
Bedford city officials say they're now working to find new jobs and new
training for those displaced employees.
IN Q=We always
((JAY SCUDDER/BEDFORD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WE ALWAYS KEEP ABREAST OF WHAT
PROGRAMS THE STATE HAS AND WORKING WITH REGION 2000 SO WE'RE PRETTY MUCH
HANGING ON RIGHT NOW AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.))
SUPER=01-Jay Scudder/Bedford Economic Development; :00
OUT Q=see what happens.
Local businesses are also keeping a wary eye on the Rubatex situation.
Any reduction in the workforce could have a serious economic impact on the
IN Q=Everything that
((PRESTON BURNS/BEDFORD READY MIX: EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY
AFFECTS US, WHEN YOU LOSE 300 JOBS, IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A REAL BAD AFFECT ON
ALL OF US.))
SUPER=01-Preston Burns/Bedford Ready-Mix; :00
OUT Q=on all of us.
There is word that some union members would like to see another vote on the
Union officials have refused to comment.
A Los Angeles judge today gave Lyle and Erik Menendez two consecutive life
sentences each, without a chance for parole.
The pair shotgunned their parents to death nearly seven years ago.
Prosecutor David Conn says the consecutive terms are a symbolic
statement against the horrors of the crimes.
The defendants showed no reaction and were not allowed to address the
On the way out of the courtroom, Lyle Menendez waved at his pen-pal-
Federal agents in Phoenix are learning more about the Viper militia.
Agents arrested 12 members of the group yesterday and charged them in a
conspiracy to blow up several government buildings.
The investigation was actually kicked off by reports of gunfire and
explosions in the Arizona desert.
Agents found a well- trained and well- armed organization.
Authorities say their arsenal alone was enough to take them seriously:
((RAY KELLY/UNDERSECRETARY OF ENFORCEMENT/TREASURY DEPT: THEY CERTAINLY HAD THE
MEANS TO CREATE HAVOC AND MAYHEM AND KILL A LOT OF PEOPLE. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Kelly/U.S. Treasury Department
OUT Q=lot of people.
The investigation into how and where Viper militia members got their
But so far agents say it does not look like the group is connected to a
The U-S government is offering a reward for information on the bombing that
killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia.
The United States will pay up to two million dollars.
The State Department says the offer supplements a three million-dollar
reward the Saudis have already made.
Burns won't say whether there've been any leads since the attack
at a military housing complex in Dhahran.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Muslim
militants are suspected.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, a trash transfer station raises a stink with some
homeowners in our area,
and we'll have a glimpse of the shape of things to come as the government
decides who will build the next generation of space shuttles.
Robin in Wx office
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Come Monday, some Clifton Forge residents may be rid of a smelly neighbor.
Last weekend, a temporary- trash- transfer station was set up in this
The garbage was supposed to go to an Alleghany transfer station-- but it
was not yet operational.
But tonight, city council told citizens the station should be up and
running by Monday.
They say the make- shift dump was the only viable solution at the time.
SOT tape 1 7:25:10
IN Q=I'm very comfortable
((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: I'M VERY COMFORTABLE THAT WHAT WE'VE
DONE IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES. AGAIN, THIS IS THE LAST THING THAT
I CERTAINLY WANTED TO GET INVOLVED IN. IT'S A NO- WIN SITUATION. SOON AS THE
TRANSFER STATION IS OPEN ON MONDAY, WE'LL BE THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Mgr.;
OUT Q=we'll be there
Meanwhile, those living with the trash in their backyards complained they
were not told it was coming.
SOT tape 2 8:31:24
IN Q=In all truthfulness
((JACK HARLOW/CLIFTON FORGE RESIDENT: IN ALL TRUTHFULNESS, I THINK THEY
DRAGGED THEIR FEET. THEY'VE KNOWN ABOUT THIS TWO OR THREE WEEKS.CUT OUT
MIDDLE PART OF BITE PLEASE I THINK THEY REALLY THOUGHT THE COUNTY WAS GOING TO
COME IN FOR THEM AND DIDN'T. THEY GOT CAUGHT AND ENDED UP HAVING TO DO THIS AS
AN EMERGENCY. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Harlow/Clifton Forge Resident;
OUT Q=as an emergency
City officials say after the trash is removed, they'll work on a clean-
The Pittsylvania County school board is not making the grade, at least,
according to one group of parents.
They're upset because their children are no longer allowed to transfer to
another school in order to keep the babysitter they've become accustomed to.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=The Pittsylvania
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./February 22; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Neals/Pittsylvania Co. School Bd. Pres.; :22
SUPER=01-Marcia Crews/Parent; :43
SUPER=01-Shari Dudley/Parent; 1:13
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( This is not the first time parents have taken issue with an action by the
Pittsylvania County School Board.
Board Members were criticized earlier this year for closing Whitmell
Board President Robert Neals didn't back down then and he's standing firm on
this latest debate.
He says the board decided to limit the number of student transfers because
some parents were abusing the policy.
IN Q=We have
((ROBERT NEALS/SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT: WE HAVE A SCHOOL DISTRICT SO THAT EVERY
SCHOOL WILL, WE HOPE, HAVE AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION. THAT IS PROVIDED, THEY'LL BE
ADEQUATE NUMBERS THERE AND ADEQUATE TEACHING STAFF, THERE. ))
OUT Q=staff, there.
Marcia Crews is upset by the change.
Crews lives in the Chatham area but her baby sitter is in Gretna, so that's
where her daughter attends school.
IN Q=It's like
((MARCIA CREWS/PARENT: IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO PICK UP AND MOVE AND IT
WOULD JUST BE-- ALL BE REAL SIMPLE IF THEY WOULD LISTEN AND I JUST DON'T THINK
THEY'VE BEEN LISTENING TO US. ))
OUT Q=to us.
A possible solution is drawing mixed reviews.
County schools Superintendent Jerry Webb wants to provide before and after
school "day-care" at four area elementary schools.
Southside, Gretna, Union Hall and Mount Airy elementary are on the list.
But Shari Dudley, who was denied a zone transfer, says the program won't
work for everyone.
IN Q=The hours.
((SHARI DUDLEY/PARENT:THE HOURS WOULD BE FROM SIX AM TO SIX PM, MANY OF US
DON'T GET OFF WORK UNTIL FIVE OR FIVE THIRTY. IT'S GOING TO A LITTLE HARD TO
GET THIS FAR INTO MOUNT AIRY TO PICK OUR CHILDREN UP BY THE SIX O'CLOCK
OUT Q=clock deadline.
Robert Neals says little can be done to change the board's decision
A public hearing, however, has been scheduled by the County Board of
Supervisors to determine if school based child care will become an option.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Margaux Hemingway was found dead in her Santa Monica apartment yesterday.
The 41-year old model and actress was the granddaughter of Ernest
Hemingway. He committed suicide 35 years ago this weekend.
In Margaux's case police say there was no sign of foul play, no
illegal drugs and no suicide note.
She did have epilepsy, and her agent says it's possible Hemingway
didn't take her medication and suffered a fatal seizure.
Lockheed-Martin has won the competition to build the successor to the space
Vice President Al Gore made the announcement today.
He said Lockheed-Martin is NASA's choice to build the first new spacecraft
in almost a quarter-century. It's designed to put more people in space for
IN Q=The basic
((THE BASIC APPROACH IS TO REDUCE THE NECESSARY MANPOWER, THE NECESSARY
ACTIVITIES TO GET A BIRD READY TO GO LAUNCH INTO SPACE. SO ITS
TREATED MORE LIKE AN AIRPLANE IS TREATED.))
SUPER=01-Gary Payton/Project Director
OUT Q=is treated.
The lockheed ship would bound into orbit on one engine, without dropping
rockets on the way.
It would land without wings- -using its odd shape for lift.
The goal is to be able to launch every three days with a staff of 50.
The current shuttle takes three months to prepare and a staff of
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up on the newscast, a Roanoke english teacher gets recognized for her
and the wallets of English beer drinkers could be ailing as Herrod's
department store introduces the World's Most Expensive beer.
MUSIC UP FULL
Virginia's Cooperative Extension service has a new director, but he's no
stranger to the agency.
Clark Jones has been interim director for the last year, during which time
he's helped implement a comprehensive restructuring plan.
Now Jones says he's eager to steer the agency through leaner, but more
He says improving computer technology in field offices will help that cause.
((CLARK JONES/VA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION DIR.: NOT ONLY HAVE WE SPENT MONEY
THERE, BUT WE'RE TRAINING OUR PEOPLE TO USE THAT TECHNOLOGY, THINKING THAT
WHILE TECHNOLOGY WON'T REPLACE STAFF, IT WILL CERTAINLY ENABLE US TO MINIMIZE
THE IMPACT OF TIME AND DISTANCE. ))
SUPER=01-Clark Jones/Va. Cooperative Ext. Dir.;
OUT Q=time and distance.
Jones will also serve as associate dean of Virginia Tech's College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Two separate still busts in Franklin County netted nearly 110 gallons of
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says 44- year- old
Jimmy Woods and 59- year old Betty Lucille Mcpherson were arrested at a
distillery in Ferrum.
A few hours later, A- B- C agents found more moonshine at a Fork Mountain
25- year- old John Allen Carter and 30- year- old Ricky Wayne Radford were
discovered at the Fork Mountain site and arrested.
All four suspected "moonshiners" have been charged with manufacturing
alcoholic beverages without a license.
There were a thousand bottles of beer on the wall at a London department
But if you want to take one down and pass it around, it's going to cost you.
VO-NAT CBS FEED 15:23:00
This beer sells for up to 8-thousand dollars a bottle.
The producers say it is made from ancient recipes uncovered in an Egyptian
The recipe was developed by archaeologists who uncovered brewing rooms in
one of Queen Nefertiti's temple.
The scientists found enough raw materials to make the thousand bottle batch.
The first bottle of "Tutankhamen Ale" sales for eight thousand dollars, but
each of the remaining 999 are at the bargain price of only 80 dollars a piece.
A representative for Herrod's department store says it is well worth it.
IN Q=if you're a collector
((IF YOU'RE A COLLECTOR VERY MUCH SO. THERE'S ONLY A THOUSAND. IT'S UNIQUE.
IT WILL NEVER BE THERE AGAIN. SO IF YOU WANT TO COLLECT SOMETHING THAT IS
UNIQUE, IT'S WORTH IT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Jones/Harrod's Food Manager;
OUT Q=it's worth it.
One man who tasted the beer said it made him feel like a Pharaoh.
The Braves and Expos butt heads tonight on and off the field, we'll serve up
some highlights and all-star tidbits for you.
Plus, Radford has a new athletic director, and the Roanoke Rush has a 38 year
All that plus the latest in the Michael irvin case.
Also, highlights from Wimbledon as Pete Sampras tries not to become the
latest seeded player to slip up an lose.
But first your ballpark figures.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The top teams in the National East hooked up last night with standings and an
all-star omission on their minds.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada; :00
First to the game, where the Expos roughed up Greg Maddux. Moises Alou the
former Salem Buccaneer singles in Mark Grudzielanek to make it 1-to-nothing
The Expos the eventual game winner in SUPER=35-Montreal/==5/Atlanta/==1;
the second as Mike Lansing singles in Shane Andrews. The Expos win 5-to-1 to
cut the Braves lead to 3 games.
Maddux lost for the sixth time this year was still picked for next week's
all-star game. In fact NL manager Bobby Cox picked four of his own hurlers with
Smoltz, Glavine and Wohlers joining Maddux.
Cox also left Expos outfielder Henry Rodriguez off the team despite the fact
he has 25 homers 69 rbis, 293 average.
Cowboys star Michael Irvin reiterated his not guilty plea yesterday in court
as opening statement's were made in his drug trial.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
Irvin faces two charges of drug possession from a March 4th incident in an
Irving, texas hotel room.
He faces 2 to 20 years in prison and a $10 thousand dollar fine if convicted.
Today Prosecutors showed that police found drugs all over the hotel room that
night, including bags of marijuana and cocaine under a love seat and rock
cocaine on an end table.
The defense said the fact that Irvin showed police where the drugs were
located indicates his innocence.
Radford University officially introduced an old friend as the school's new
athletic director today.
And Steve Mason says Greig Denny hopes to take the Highlanders to a new level
in the next century.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Greig Denny/New Radford A.D.; :09
SUPER=01-Dr. Douglas Covington/Radford President; :38
SUPER=04-1995-96 Basketball Season; :51
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Men's Basketball Coach; :56
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The upsets continued yesterday at Wimbledon, although the top mens and
womens seeds were able to advance.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
Top seeded Steffi Graf has reached the semifinals. Graf made quick work
of 6th seeded Jana Novotna 6-3 and 6-2.
American Meredith McGrath upset 9th seeded Mary Joe Fernandez 6-3, 6-1.
On the men's side, number one seed Pete Sampras also advanced in straight
sets. Pistol Pete topped Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-4, and 6-2.
In one other upset, Richard Krajicek sent 10th seeded Michael Stich packing
in 3 sets.
Still coming up tonight, we'll meet a member of the Roanoke Rush who is still
catching passes at the age of 38,
Plus two heavy hitters - Jordan and Daly team up on a new commercial.
The Roanoke Rush players are ready to get into pads and begin chopping the
team's roster down to the 45 player limit.
65 players are still battling for a spot on the team, but one guy who appears
to have a spot nailed down is Tim Leavelle. He's the tall wide receiver, who
at the age of 38 is old enough to have a son playing for the team.
IN Q="The senior citizen...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH:))
((TIM LEAVELLE/ROANOKE RUSH RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Leavelle/Roanoke Rush Receiver; :14
OUT Q=...a few years."
Leavelle played high school football at Franklin County, after graduating in
76 he played three years with the Lynchburg Jaguars and five more with the
minor league team in DCTERMS.
Tour DuPont champ Lance Armstrong continues to struggle at the Tour DeFrance
as he is now one minute and five seconds Behind the leaders in 54th place.
German rider Erik Zabel edged out a pack of sprinters to win yesterday's stage
Monday's winner Mario Cipollini of Italy was second, while teammate
Frederic Moncassin of France captured the overall lead with a third place
Rain has forced qualifying at the Virginia State amateur in Hot Springs to be
continued until tomorrow.
Right now three area golfers are finished and in good shape after 36 holes.
Danville's Jimmy Flippen has a 138 total, while Lexington David Brogan is at
145, and Fieldale's Keith Decker at 146.
They are of course playing the Cascades and the top 32 will advance to match
Michael JOrdan has been playing some golf since winning his fourth
And yesterday he was back on the course, not swinging but acting!
Jordan and fellow Wilson Sporting goods spokesman John Daly were busy filming
a new commercial for Wilson in which Daly serves as Jordan's caddy.
OUT Q=...Say it John."
The commercial will debut during the British open later this month.
Most english teachers are known for their great writing skills-- but one
Roanoke teacher being recognized as a horrible writer.
Becky Mushko is the winner of an award honoring deliberately bad
writing--presented by San Jose State University.
She won in the Western category.
Mushko has been an English teacher for more than 25 years--here's a sample
of her "bad" writing.
IN Q=Tex- who now lay
((BECKY MUSHKO/WRITER: TEX -- WHO NOW LAY IN A DISHEVELED HEAP IN THE
SAGEBRUSH-- PUSHED BACK HIS SWEAT-STAINED STETSON FROM ONE DEEP-SET EYE, SPAT A
WAD OF TOBACCO JUICE AT
THE NEAREST CACTUS, AND REFLECTED MOMENTARILY THAT THE MEN APPROACHING HIM WITH
ROPES PROBABLY WEREN'T JUST OUT FOR A SKIP... ))
OUT Q=out for a skip.
Now that's bad!
She offers this advice for those aspiring to become horrible writers.
IN Q=Dedication, perseverance, good
((DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE, GOOD VOCABULARY. READING OTHER BAD WRITING
CERTAINLY DOESN'T HURT.))
OUT Q=doesn't hurt
She says she is also inspired after grading her students' papers.
We should also add-- Mushko is really an accomplished writer working on her