Here's what's coming up next on NEWS-7 at Five--
What's the future of Bedford if its largest employer moves out?
The body of actress and model Margaux Hemingway is discovered--
And we'll meet one writer who is proud to be the worst Western writer in the
Severe thunderstorms down trees, produce very large hail and flood portions
of the viewing area. All the latest straight ahead.
On Health Check-- each year, especially this time of year, thousands are
injured by fireworks.
Plus, jet skis-- some believe all that fun comes a too high a price-- your
Stay with us for all these stories and the Two Minute Sports Ticker-- next
on NEWS 7 at FIVE.
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((RIXEY LINEBERRY/STOREOWNER: WE REALLY NOTICE IT, WE GET A LOT OF THEIR
EMPLOYEES SHOPPING DOWN HERE SO WE NOTICE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS.))
OUT Q=when that happens.
Bedford business owners prepare to shoulder the effects of a massive layoff
at the Rubatex plant.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Connie Stevens.
As Bedford's biggest employer moves to cut nearly 300 employees from its
payroll, the city is taking steps to soften the economic blow.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg bureau.. Steve how much of an impact is
that shutdown expected to have?
Connie, it's still a little early to really guage
the size of the impact, but city leaders and local business owners alike agree
they'll be hurt by the layoffs.
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SUPER=01-Preston Burns/Bedford Ready Mix; :46
OUT Q=big hurt
Bedford's Rubatex plant has been a large part of the town's scenery for
decades.. what's been good for the plant has also benefitted the town.
The opposite is also true.. when layoffs or strikes occur, nearby businesses
often bear the brunt.
Rixey Lineberry manages the Minute Mart about a mile away... he says fewer
workers at Rubatex will mean fewer customers in his store.
And that could affect his employees.
IN Q=I can adjust
((RIXEY LINEBERRY/STOREOWNER: I CAN ADJUST WITH MY HELP A LITTLE BIT OF COURSE,
IT WILL HURT HERE SOME TOO. IF OUR BUSINESS GETS CUT BACK, I'LL HAVE TO CUT
BACK THE HELP SOME TOO.))
OUT Q=help some too.
Right next door to Rubatex is the Bedford Ready Mix concrete company.
They too expect feel the effects of the Rubatex layoffs...people with no job
and less money won't be building or adding onto their homes anytime soon.
IN Q=We count on
((PRESTON BURNS/BEDFORD READY MIX: WE COUNT ON A LOT OF PEOPLE BUYING CONCRETE
FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS, NEW HOUSES, ADD- ON ADDITIONS, EVERYTHING AND IF
THEY LEAVE HERE IT WILL BE A BIG HURT.))
OUT Q=a big hurt.
The city of Bedford also expects to lose thousands of dollars in taxes and
But they are also making plans for finding new jobs and training for those
displaced Rubatex workers.
We'll have more on that at 6.
Federal funds are being kicked in to help combat the wave of church fires in
President Clinton approved the release of six million dollars to beef up
police patrols and other protective measures for churches.
At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden earlier today, Mister Clinton
said the money will be given to 12 targeted states.
IN Q=this emergency transaction...
((THIS EMERGENCY TRANSFER WOULD ALLOW EVERY COUNTY IN THE AFFECTED STATES TO
HIRE A NEW POLICE OFFICER FOR THE SUMMER TO PATROL THE BACK ROADS, TO VISIT THE
CHURCHES, TO KEEP WATCH FOR SIGNS OF TROUBLE. ))
OUT Q=signs of trouble
The president also designated July as a "national month of unity" in hopes of
healing racial wounds.
Meantime, Attorney General Jim Gilmore is also in Washington today along
with attorneys general from other Southern states to discuss the recent church
Several religious and community leaders, as well as law enforcement
officials are attending the conference at Howard University.
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IN Q=I think this conference
OUT Q=kinds of crimes
Gilmore says the meeting is to improve communications between Southern
communities-- as well as to look for ways to prevent future church fires.
President Clinton is praising federal agents-- for possibly averting
That after 12 members of the Arizona Militia group "Viper Militia" were
They were charged with plotting to blow up federal buildings in Phoenix.
Investigators confiscated some 70 machine guns and 400 pounds of high
explosives-- they say it was all part of a conspiracy to destroy government
buildings in Arizona.
IN Q=In 1994
((JANET NAPOLITANO/ARIZONA U.S. ATTORNEY: IN 1994, 3 MEMBERS OF THE VIPER
MILITIA CREATED A VIDEO TAPE OF LOCAL FEDERAL BUILDINGS AS WELL AS THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT AND THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY. THE VOICE OVER OF THE VIDEO PROVIDES
ADVICE ON HOW TO ACTUALLY COLLAPSE THE BUILDINGS ))
SUPER=01-Janet Napolitano/Arizona U.S. Attorney; :
OUT Q=collapse the buildings.
In addition to the National Guard and the local police department, the
self-proclaimed militia was also said to be plotting to destroy the buildings
that house the FBI, the Secret Service, the I-R-S and A-T-F.
The tragic Hemingway legacy lives on.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :
Actress and Model Margaux Hemingway was found dead today in her Santa
Monica apartment, at the age of 41.
Authorities don't know the cause of death-- it does not APPEAR to be
suicide, and there was no sign of foul play.
Her agent suggests the possibility of an epileptic seizure.
Hemingway was 20 years old when she moved from Idaho to New York to become
She appeared in several films.and had a long struggle with bulimia and
It was 35 years ago today that her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway shot
himself to death.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE--the Menendez brothers are formally
And in Dublin they are breaking ground for some new digs-- soon many of the
town's services will be much easier and convenient to find.
On Health Check, a report on drunk driving-- MADD says tragedies are even
more frequent than ever.
Plus, sunscreen-- it may not be the skin-saver it's cracked up to be.
Those stories are coming up-- as News 7 at fIVE continues.
Lyle and Erik Menendez will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Today, a superior court judge in California sentenced both men to
back-to-back life terms.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/File Tape;
The brothers have no possibility of parole and it hasn't been decided if
they will be sent to separate facilities.
Lyle and Eric Menenedez were convicted of murdering their parents in 1989.
A juror says the jury reccommended life in prison because of the brutality
of the crime.
IN Q=if you
((JO ANN OWENSBY/JUROR: IF YOU HAD TO LOOK AT THE PICTURES THAT WE HAD TO LOOK
AT EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW FOR A LONG TIME, MANY, MANY WEEKS. PICTURES THAT
STARTED OUT SMALL AND KEPT GETTING BIGGER, BIGGER, BIGGER UNTIL THEY WERE
ALMOST WALL SIZE AND YOU LOOK AT THOSE EVERY DAY AND YOU REALIZE THE BRUTALITY
OF THIS CRIME.))
SUPER=01-Jo Ann Owensby/Juror;
OUT Q=of this crime
Neither brother showed any reaction when the judge announced the sentences.
Yesterday we told you Lyle was going to marry his pen-pal fiance before the
sentencing-- but his marriage plans fell through.
The Teen Outreach Program also known as TOP is under new management.
Family Services of Roanoke Valley announced it is now managing the program.
TOP has been helping teenagers in Roanoke since 1990.
It teaches at-risk young adults the skills to resolve conflicts as well as
It also gives teens a chance to give back to the local community by
participating in outreach programs.
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IN Q=I think it's
((LUCY TORRES/WILLIAM FLEMING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT;
I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ADULTS, TEENS TO SHOW THAT WE'RE NOT
THE BAD GUYS IN THE COMMUNITY. IT SHOWS WE CAN GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING, GIVE
SOMETHING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Lucy Torres/William Fleming High School Student;
OUT Q=to our community
The change in management will mean more money for TOP.
The United Way will boost its funds by 100 percent next school year--for a
total of 15 thousand dollars.
By next February, residents of Dublin will find easier access to town
Officials broke ground today for a new municipal building to house the
police department, council chambers and other town offices.
The facility will be on one lot of the Dublin Town Center at the old
Burlington Industries site.
First National Bank of Christiansburg will soon open on another parcel, and
the Postal Service is negotiating to be the next tenant.
((BENNY KEISTER/DUBLIN MAYOR: WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO HERE IS CREATE
SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCIAL RETAIL DEVELOPMENT, BECAUSE DUBLIN ITSELF IS
GONNA GROW AND IF IT DOESN'T GROW, I MEAN IF WE DON'T PLAN FOR IT THE TAXES ARE
GOING UP. ))
SUPER=01-Benny Keister/Dublin Mayor;
OUT Q=are going up.
Officials hope to turn one of the old Burlington buildings into an office
The center will also include a park, with space for art shows and other
It's the busy season high atop the Roanoke Valley at the Mill Mountain
Zoo-- and this year there's another big cat to check out.
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A new critter has taken up residence at the Mill Mountain Zoo, and he
follows in the tradition of Ruby the Tiger and other big cats.
DOUBLE BOX Connie/PATRICK
Boris, a snow leopard, is the Zoo's latest attraction.
Patrick Evans has an exclusive-- and a very brave-- look.
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo;
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Stick around-- one of the country's WORST awarding writers lives right here
in Roanoke-- we'll hear an excerpt from her latest.
But first-- On Health Check, with the Fourth of July on the way, we'll have
a lesson in summer safety.
Beginning with fireworks-- even sparklers are more dangerous than you may
And certainly illegal fireworks like the M-80 should be avoided.
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((NAT SOUND...EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOUR FIREWORK IS HAZARDOUS, THROW IT
OUT Q=throw it out.
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Too much of a bang can make your Fourth of July a bust.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says roughly 12-thousand people were
hurt last year in incidents involving fireworks.
Almost 40 percent of the victims were under the age of 15.
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SUPER=01-Ann Brown/Consumer Product Safety Commission; :00
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :14
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IN Q=Fireworks can
((ANN BROWN/CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION: FIREWORKS CAN ADD FUN AND
EXCITEMENT TO A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, BUT FIREWORKS CAN ALSO TURN A BACKYARD
INTO A RUSH TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. ))
OUT Q=emergency room,
These mannequins help illustrate the dangers of sparklers-- mistakenly
thought by some to be safe for children to handle.
Sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
And that's just the beginning: take a look at the power of the M-80.
IN Q=These are illegal
((ANN BROWN/CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION:THESE ARE ILLEGAL AND THEY ARE
ONLY SOLD ON THE BLACK MARKET. AND THE REASON THEY ARE ILLEGAL IS BECAUSE THEY
ARE VERY EXPLOSIVE, YOU CAN LOSE ***explosion**** YOU GET WHAT I'M SAYING,
PEOPLE CAN LOSE FINGERS, THERE CAN BE LACERATIONS, BURNS EYE INJURIES, HEARING
PROBLEMS. THESE ARE NOT TO BE FOOLED AROUND WITH, THESE ARE NOT TO BE BOUGHT.))
OUT Q=not to be bought
And then there's the quarter stick-- five times more powerful than the
M-80. It can be responsible for amputations, burns, even death.
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OUT Q=nat sound EXPLOSION
Each year fireworks are associated with more than one-thousand residential
fires, costing millions of dollars in property damage and loss.
The group strongly advises people to stay away from cherry bombs and
A pre-holiday warning from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The numbers show that for the first time in ten years-- MORE Americans are
dying in accidents caused by alcohol and drug impaired drivers.
Typically the Fourth of July weekend proves even deadlier than usual.
At beaches and lakes everywhere-- Jet-Skiing is the country's
fastest-growing water sport.
IN Q=NAT SOUND BITE It's enjoyment
SUPER=01-Bob Kramer/Dept. of Natural Resources; :39
SUPER=07-Mark Frew; :53
SUPER=07-Dave Frew; 1:02
SUPER=01-John Birkenbine/Industry Spokesman; 1:21
OUT Q=them thoughtlessly.
IN Q=It's enjoyment
((IT'S ENJOYMENT! I LOVE IT! IT'S AWESOME! ))
OUT Q=it's awesome.
But the buzz of more than 800-thousand wake-jumping jet skis on crowded
waters-- presents a nautical nightmare.
IN Q=I think it's
((I THINK IT'S DANGEROUS. I USED TO HAVE ONE!
IT'S PROBABLY THE 1 HAZARD ON THE WATER.
IT'S LIKE PUTTING A PERSON WHO'S NEVER RIDDEN A MOTORCYCLE ON A HARLEY
"TO START THE MACHINE, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRESS THE GREEN BUTTON." (REVS
OUT Q=green button NAT
Jet ski sales and rentals are up 40-percent from a year ago.
They are now involved in nearly a THIRD of all boating accidents.
Last year, 79 people died riding them, more than 13-hundred others were
IN Q=The consequences
(( (Q) A JET SKIER IS
USUALLY THROWN, RIGHT? THEY'RE NOT BELTED IN THE WAY WE ARE IN AN AUTOMOBILE.
BOB KRAMER/WISCONSIN DEPT NATL RESOURCES:
(A) THAT'S TRUE. THERE'S NO SEATBELTS ON JET SKIS.))
OUT Q=on jet skis.
Dave Frew knows the dangers firsthand.
He's learning to walk again-- he was paralyzed for several months after his
brother Mark lost control of a jet ski and accidentally ran over him.
IN Q=You have no
((MARK FREW:YOU HAVE NO CONTROL. IT GOES AGAINST WHAT YOUR INSTINCTS
ARE, TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT. THERE'S NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO.
DAVE FREW: AS SOON AS I WAS HIT, AS SOON AS I WENT IN FACING THE WATER, I
KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED, I KNEW MY NECK WAS BROKEN AND THAT'S A HORRIBLE
OUT Q=horrible feeling.
Manufacturers insist accidents happen on ALL recreational vehicles... and
they say the latest-model jet skis are safer-- even more maneuverable than
IN Q=The personal
((JOHN BIRKENBINE: THE PERSONAL WATERCRAFT IS A SAFE VEHICLE. WHEN PROBLEMS
ARISE IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN'T USING THEM WISELY OR THEY'RE USING THEM
OUT Q=them thoughtlessly.
Even though some jet skis can whiz over water up to 60 miles an hour, most
states don't set a speed limit...and nearly HALF allow a child 12 years old or
under to LEGALLY DRIVE a personal watercraft.
In eight states, lawmakers are voting to certify or license jet-skiers.
At Smith Mountain Lake, jet skiers must be 14 years old.
For millions of Americans, the 4th means heading out into the sun....and it
looks like our forecast should accommodate that.
But a recent editorial of the British Medical Journal warns, although
sunscreen does prevent sunburn, sunscreen does not protect you from skin
Here's what one researcher from London told CBS This Morning this week.
IN Q=The message
((DR. JANE MCGREGOR/DERMATOLOGIST: THE MESSAGE IN OUR EDITORIAL IS THAT
SUNSCREEN SHOULDN'T BE SEEN AS A SAFE WAY TO PROLONG SUN EXPOSURE BEYOND WHAT
YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO. IF YOU HAVE TO BE OUT IN THE SUN, YOU'RE BETTER OFF WITH
A SUNSCREEN BUT DON'T THINK BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT ONE, THAT MEANS YOU CAN SIT OUT
FOR HOURS AND YOU'LL BE SAFE. ))
OUT Q=you'll be safe.
On the topic of the electric beach-- or the tanning beds, Dr. McGregor says
the whole idea is crazy.
By the age of 18 the average person has absorbed 50-to-75 percent of their
total lifetime sun exposure.
Now that we;ve taken all the fun out of summer--
Let's see what Mike Stevens has up his sleeve.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker. We start on the
campus of Radford University where the school introduced Greig Denny as it's
new athletic director today.
Denny has spent the last 13 years as the Highlanders associate athletic
director under Chuck Taylor.
IN Q=One of
((GREIG DENNY/NEW RADFORD A.D.:ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I THINK I NEED TO DO IS
ADDRESS THE SITUATION OF MY CURRENT POSITIONS ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND
I'LL BE MEETING WITH DR. HARRIS. WE'LL TALK ABOUT FILLING THAT POSITION AND
THERE'S SOME OTHER POSSIBILITIES THERE THAT I WANT TO TALK WITH HIM ABOUT BUT
THAT WILL BE ONE OF OUR FIRST GOALS.))
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: THE BIG THING I THINK WITH GREIG
IS HE UNDERSTANDS THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE AS A UNIVERSITY AND AS A PROGRAM AND
HE HAS A VISION TO WHERE HE'D LIKE TO TAKE IT. SO IT WONT'T TAKE HIM HALF A
YEAR TO A YEAR TO COME IN AND SORT OUT THE PROBLEMS AND GO FROM THERE, HE KNOWS
WHAT HE'S FACING RIGHT AWAY.))
((STEVE MASON:COMING UP AT 6, RADFORD'S NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ADDRESSES SOME OF
THE NEW ATHLETIC CHALLENGES THE UNIVERSITY FACES, AMONG THEM, FUNDING,
PROMOTIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, THAT STORY AT 6, MIKE.))
SUPER=01-Greig Denny/New Radford A.D.; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Men's Basketball Coach; :18
OUT Q=...at 6, Mike"
The Dream team went through its second workout today in Chicago as the heavy
favorite to win the Gold practicing under the watchful eye of a few members of
Well, actually it was more than jist a few members of the media.
Actually, there are about five times as many reporters and photographers as
there are players.
The latest addition to the team in Seattle's Gary Payton, who knows what this
team would do if it played regularly in the league.
IN Q="Kill everybody...
((GARY PAYTON/DREAM TEAM GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Gary Payton/Dream Team Guard; :00
With Vlade Divac now heading ot Charlotte, and opening up some money in Los
Angeles, speculation on whether Dream Team center Shaquille O'Neal will leave
the Magic for the Lakers continues to grow. Although Shaq says he's not really
a WEST coast kind of person.
IN Q="I'm not..
((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/DREAM TEAM CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Dream Team Center; :00
OUT Q=...wilt chamberlain era."
Much more coming up at six including news concerning Todd Turner and John
Tortarella, plus we'll meet a Roanoke Rush player who is 38 years old and going
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
If you think you're a bad writer, maybe you should read some of Becky
She's from Roanoke and the winner of an award honoring deliberately bad
writing-- at San Jose State University.
She won, or perhaps LOST in the Western category.
A middle school English teacher for more than 25 years-- this is just a
portion of her work.
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((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
STREAM 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.
She says some of her inspiration for bad writing comes from grading her
english class papers.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE, stay tuned for NEWS-7 at SIX in 30-minutes.
THanks for watching, Goodnight