Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll be assessing the impact of Rubatex' plan to move 300 jobs out of
And a reading of some really BAAAAD writing by someone who knows how not to
Tonight in sports, Radford University hires from within to fill its vacant
athletic director's post.
Todd Turner leaves State for Vandy,
And I'll introduce you to a member of the Roanoke Rush, who is still living
his dream of playing football at the age of 38.
Damaging winds topping 80mph this afternoon accompany severe thunderstorms.
Things have settled down a bit this hour.
Rubatex has released its schedule for letting go nearly 300 employees, and
moving their jobs to Arkansas.
The move follows Sunday's vote in which the union narrowly rejected a
company plan to improve efficiency at the Bedford plant.
Now, the city of Bedford is preparing to do what it can for those displaced
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=If Rubatex
SUPER=01-Jay Scudder/Bedford Economic Development; :23
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( If Rubatex goes through with its plan to move part of its operation to
Arkansas, the city of Bedford could see several hundred names added to its
It's a scenario city officials are preparing themselves for.
Bedford already is working with state and regional officials on job
training for the manufacturing industry.
Many displaced Rubatex employees could benefit from that.
IN Q=We'll be in
((JAY SCUDDER/BEDFORD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WE'LL BE IN A POSITION TO HOPEFULLY
WORK WITH REGION 2000 AND ANY TYPES OF TRAINING INITIATIVES THAT WE HAVE AT
LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES, SOME SPECIAL PROGRAMS THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED TO
HOPEFULLY WORTH WITH WORKERS FROM RUBATEX WITH, IF THERE'S A NEED TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=to do that.
Right now, it appears there will be.
Rubatex officials say the union vote has left them with no choice.
IN Q=According to
((According to a letter from Human Resources Director Jerry Kirschke to union
president Price Parker, since the union has not requested any further
negotiations, Rubatex will begin to move its intrusion operation to Arkansas.
The layoffs will begin September 1st, when forty people will be let go and
continue every few months until October 1997 when all 287 workers will be gone,
some of them who have spent more than 35 years with the company. ))
OUT Q=with the company.
There is word that some union members would like to see another vote on the
Union officials refused to comment. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
Union members at Delta Star are voting on a new contract today to see if
they can stave off another strike at the Lynchburg manufacturer.
Employees walked off the job for six weeks in 1993, and their most recent
contract expired last week.
Electrical workers turned down Delta Star's latest offer on Sunday by a 43
to 34 vote.
They were dissatisfied with the wage increases for junior employees and
changes in work schedules.
A new offer was presented to members late this afternoon.
No word yet on how the vote went.
State Attorney General Jim Gilmore had some tough talk today for those
who commit hate crimes.
The recent rash of church fires prompted Gilmore to host a summit at
Business and religious leaders, as well as state and local law enforcement
were in attendance.
Gilmore hopes the conference will provide a more positive image of the
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IN Q=It's important
((JIM GILMORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT'S IMPORTANT, AS STATE OFFICIALS, TO COME
FORWARD AND MAKE THAT IMPORTANT STATEMENT ABOUT WHAT THE SOUTH IS ALL ABOUT.
THIS IS THE NEW SOUTH. WE'RE ADVANCING. WE'RE MOVING AHEAD, AND WE'RE GOING
TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT CRIMES OF INTOLERANCE AND HATRED ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN
THE SOUTH. ))
OUT Q=acceptable in the south
Suspicious fires have damaged more than 40 black churches over the last
year and a half.
Meanwhile President Clinton today named Virginia as one of 12 states which
will share in federal money set aside for church fire prevention.
She told Roanoke police she couldn't raise her 2- week- old daughter
alone... so she decided to "send her to a better place."
Now, after a 6- month investigation, 28- year- old Veronica Janine Via has
been indicted in the fatal beating of her own baby.
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: RECENTLY, THE MOTHER GAVE A
STATEMENT ADMITTING THAT SHE HAD ABUSED THE CHILD AND BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS
DEATH, SO WE PROCEEDED TO TAKE THE CHARGE DIRECTLY TO THE GRAND JURY. ))
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=grand jury
Via has until the end of the week to post a 20- thousand dollar bond.
Otherwise, she must turn herself into authorities.
Another murder case has also produced an indictment from the grand jury.
In March of last year... 19- year- old Antoine Leroy Wilkerson was found
dead inside a parked car on Northwest Roanoke street.
Wilkerson had been shot several times in the stomach.
20- year- old Terry Wayne Stephens has been charged in the killing.
Authorities say he had been a suspect in the case for some time and new
information enabled police to make the arrest.
He's being held in the city jail on 100- thousand dollars bond.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--they're in the business of building houses,
but now Habitat for Humanity has a new place of its own to call home.
And some parents are having a hard time understanding a decision made by the
Pittsylvania County School Board.
IN Q=I never
((MARCIA CREWS/PARENT:I NEVER DREAMED IN A MILLION YEARS, I WOULD BE GOING
BEFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD AND PLEADING FOR MY CHILD'S EDUCATION. ))
OUT Q=child's education.
We'll tell you why board members think their current policies are being
abused and what they plan to do about it.
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A group that helps to provide affordable housing has a new roof over its
Today, Habitat for Humanity dedicated the warehouse and offices it will
occupy on Cleveland Avenue in Roanoke.
The new location allows Habitat to bring its staff and volunteers under one
roof and store donated building materials for its construction projects.
New River Electrical Corporation donated the 12- thousand square foot
building after moving to a new site in Cloverdale.
Habitat officials estimate the value of the company's gift at approximately
200- thousand dollars.
The Pittsylvania County School Board is getting a thumbs down from some
The board is no longer allowing parents to transfer their children to
another school simply because the school is located close to where their child
care provider lives.
Teresa Hamilton reports, a possible solution isn't gaining much support.
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.))
A new start for a program aimed at keeping teenagers on the right track.
Family Services of Roanoke Valley says it will now manage the Teen Outreach
Program-- or TOP.
The program focuses on reducing teen pregnancy and truancy.
It also teaches at-risk teens how to resolve conflicts.
But, the program's community outreach activites seems to be the favorite
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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
TOP is in 35 cities nationwide.
It started at Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School six years ago.
Back then about 30 students were working in the program.
Next year enrollment is expected to top 100.
The stock market lost ground today. The Dow dropped nearly 10 points to
finish at 57 hundred 20. NASDAQ lost nearly six points.
The Town of Goshen's water system finally received a clean bill of health.
In May Goshen was told its water contained higher than acceptable
Rockbridge health authorities said the water system had a high level of
fecal coliform, a bacteria that is commonly released from the intestines of
humans and animals.
However, Goshen officials tell News Seven today the water was retested last
month and is now considered safe.
Officials in Dublin hope a new town center will help spur retail and
They broke ground today on a new municipal building to provide better
public access to town services.
The facility is going up on one lot at the center, located at the old
Burlington Industries site.
Plans for further development are already under way.
((BENNY KEISTER/DUBLIN MAYOR: THE BANK BUILDING IS ALREADY UP AND WILL OPEN IN
AUGUST. WE ARE NEGOTIATING NOW WITH A FIRM TO TURN ONE OF THE OLD BUILDINGS
INTO AN OFFICE COMPLEX. SO WE'RE HOPING THAT THE WHOLE THING IS GONNA COME OUT
AND BE A REAL BOON FOR THE ECONOMY IN DUBLIN. ))
SUPER=01-Benny Keister/Dublin Mayor;
OUT Q=economy in Dublin.
The Postal Service is considering a new office next to the town hall.
The center will also include a park with space for special events.
Coming your way tonight in sports, We'll meet a 38 year old man trying to
make a statement and an impact on the Roanoke Rush,
John Tortarella stays in the AHL, Turner leaves NC State for Vandy,
and Steve Mason introduces us to the Radford University's new athletic
director, who beat out 77 others for the job.
Radford University officially introduced it's new athletic director today.
Greig Denny is the new hire the Highlanders hope will whip the school's
athletic department into better shape in a number of ways. Steve Mason
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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"
N.C. State is now in the market for a new athletic director after Todd Turner
left the Pack today to take over at Vanderbilt.
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; :00
Turner, who many of you will remember as a fixture in the UVa athletic
department in the 70s and 80s as an Associate A.D. hopes to take the private
school to the top.
IN Q="I think in all...
((TODD TURNER/NEW VANDERBILT A.D.:))
SUPER=01-Todd Turner/New Vanderbilt A.D.; :00
Last Thursday, former Virginia Lancers head coach Dave Allison landed back on
his feet on the ice as he was named the head coach of the Grand Rapid Griffin
in the International Hockey League.
Today, the most successful Lancers boss John Tortarella signed a one year
deal to again coach the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey Leagues.
Torty led the Lancers to the Atlantic Coast Hockey League championship in
1986 in seven games over Mohawk Valley.
He should definitely get a crack at an NHL job in the near future.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports
The yellow jersey of the Tour de France changed hands again today after stage
German rider Erik Zabel edged out a pack of sprinters to win today's stage.
Yesterday's winner Mario Cipollini of Italy was second, while teammate
Frederic Moncassin of France captured the overall lead with a third place
SS=News 7 Sports
American Lance Armstrong is a minute and five seconds behind in 54th.
The Roanoke Rush have about two more weeks of practice before they shop their
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.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Ruby the Tiger has been a star attraction at Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo,
and now there are new additions to the big cat exhibit.
Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/Microwave
Patrick Evans joins us from the zoo with more.
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She's a Roanoke middle school English teacher, a horrible writer, and proud
Becky Mushko is the winner of an award honoring deliberately bad
writing--presented by San Jose State University.
She won--or perhaps we should say LOST-- 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
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.
Mushko says bad writing is just for her own amusement.
She says some of her inspiration for the writings come from grading her
A newly formed organization is promising to hold the Danville police
department accountable for its actions.
Founders of a Christian based organization known as "C-PAC" (see-pac) are
planning to hold their first news conference, tonight.
The Reverend Thomas Motley says his organization is prepared to back a
Danville woman who claims she was mistreated at the hands of several officers.
on News 7 at 11.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight