Up next on News 7 at Eleven
Three more bodies recovered and more spotted in the TWA Crash-
Layoffs for workers at one local company- Details coming up.
A Southside neighborhood is getting spruced up. We'll take a tour.
Plus these area gymnasts get into their sport- after the U-S wins Olympic
News 7 is next.
The healing process begins for the families of TWA Crash victims.
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((THIS IS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST PART- OUR YOUNGSTERS COMING BACK HOME TO BE
SUPER=01-John Doran, Montoursville Mayor;
OUT Q=to be buried.
A small Pennsylvania town lost 21 people in the explosion, including
students and chaperones planning to vacation in Paris.
Two Martinsville neighborhoods are getting facelifts worth more than one
We'll give you a tour.
And you may not know it but we have some golden gymnasts right here in
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
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this is not done!
Three more bodies have recovered from the Atlantic and seven more spotted at
the TWA crash site.
In all 94 bodies have been positively identified.
Meanwhile divers are moving through a tangle of wreckage as they continue
the search round the clock.
Elizabeth Kaledin has the latest from New York.
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB Vice Chairman
OUT Q=standard outcue."
Unidentified remains from the ValuJet crash will be buried in a common
Fifty-three of the 110 people on board were never identified.
Airline officials say they'll hold a memorial service at the crash site and
a group funeral next week at a nearby cemetery.
110 people died when the jet crashed into the Florida everglades more than
two months ago.
The man accused in a fireworks store blaze won't be allowed to move to a
24 year old Todd Hall is charged in the deadly fire that killed nine people
and hurt eleven others July 3rd.
Hall's attorney says health is an issue-
Hall had a lobotomy after a skateboarding accident nine years ago.
((RICHARD WOLFSON/HALL'S ATTORNEY: I UNDERSTAND TODD HAS HAD TWO SURGERIES TO
REMOVE MAJOR AREAS OF HIS BRAIN SO HIS ABILITY TO THINK IS NOT REALLY KNOWN TO
SUPER=01-Richard Wolfson/Hall's Attorney;
OUT Q=really known to us."
Wolfson had requested that Hall be moved to a mental hospital- but the
judge ruled he must remain in jail.
The troubled young man who held police at bay at a local convenience store
last month has been found guilty on assault and weapons charges.
The teenager charged a police officer with a knife. He also had a B-B gun
On a plea of "no contest" today in Juvenile Court, the young man was
convicted of four misdemeanors: assault, carrying two concealed weapons, and
brandishing one of them.
The prosecutor says the teen has been in his father's custody since the
incident... working landscaping jobs with his Dad to stay out of trouble.
It took jurors less than an hour to return a guilty verdict tonight in the
murder trial of a Danville teenager.
Seventeen year old Lawrence Howerton Junior was convicted of first degree
murder about an hour ago.
Howerton maintained it was self defense when he shot 16-year old Anthony
Spraggins on Winslow Street.
But prosecutors convinced the juror that Howerton killed for revenge.
According to testimony the two had been involved in a fight at George
Washington High School about a week before the shooting.
Howerton will be sentenced next Month.
Two Martinsville neighborhoods are getting a facelift-- thanks to more
than one million dollars in back-to-back state grants.
While one project is nearly complete-- residents in the other neighborhood
are eagerly awaiting their turn.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=Everybody wants to look new
SUPER=01-Brenda Manns/Massey Street Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager; :34
SUPER=01-Barbara Norton/Moss Street Resident; 1:04
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
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((BRENDA MANNS/MASSEY STREET RESIDENT: EVERYBODY WANTS TO LOOK NEW, AND THAT'S
WHAT-- THIS AREA DOES HAVE A NEW LOOK NOW. ))
Massey Street's new look comes courtesy of a one-and-a-quarter million
dollar gift to Martinsville.
The city managed to acquire not one, but TWO community development block
grants in a row.
The Massey Street project is almost complete-- rehabilitating 28 homes.
Moss Street is next in line for a makeover.
City officials say the neighborhood revitalization is not only bringing
out the better side of these areas-- but the city as a whole.
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((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: IT WILL CERTAINLY PROVIDE A
CATALYST TO MAKE THESE INTOWN, UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOODS DESIRABLE AGAIN FOR LIVING.
The Moss Street rehab work is scheduled to start next spring.
Some of the more dilapidated structures will be torn down-- with 15 new
homes built in their place.
Barbara Norton has lived here for 34 years and recalls a time when it was a
SOT TAPE 1 5:09:55
((BARBARA NORTON/MOSS STREET RESIDENT: I'VE SEEN THIS STREET GO DOWN INTO A
DEVASTATED STATE IT'S IN NOW. BUT WITH THE PROJECT THAT'S COMING UP, I HOPE IT
WILL REGAIN ITS STATURE. ))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7:WHILE RESIDENTS LIKE BARBARA NORTON MAY LONG FOR THE
DAYS WHEN THIS WAS ONE OF THE NICEST PLACES TO LIVE-- THEY SAY THEY'RE THANKFUL
TO THE CITY FOR HELPING TO BRING BACK SOME OF THE PRIDE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
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Still to come on the broadcast, a nun says she is fighting for the life of a
death row inmate,
and workers at Salem's Yokohama plant brace themselves as the company says
layoffs are coming.
Robin in Wx Center
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One of Salem's biggest employers is cutting back its work force and scaling
Yokohama says its because of too much inventory.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The shift
OUT Q=S.P., N- 7, Salem
((The shift was over... and cars filed out of the Yokohama plant like they
would any other day.
Except this time, the drive home was filled with thoughts of a work force
Company officials say the Salem plant has excessive levels of inventory.
For about fifty workers, that means layoffs.
For the rest it means a 7- day hiatus... as the plant will close for a week
starting August first.
Problems started in January... when some defective tires were sent to one of
its biggest customers, Price Costco.
Then last month, Costco broke ties with Yokohama.
Both companies insist the bad batch had nothing to do with the loss of the
Nonetheless it was a major blow for Yokohama.
Costco would usually purchase about one third of the tires made at the Salem
Now production will be cut by three percent.
Yokohama says it had no choice but to make the work force changes.
Meanwhile workers were left no choice but to roll out... and roll with the
Scott Prince, News 7, Salem))
An autopsy determined the Danville man found dead in a car over the weekend
did NOT die from injuries in a car accident.
23-year old Pierre Lamont Pritchett was found in the front seat of a car on
Henry Street Saturday night.
The vehicle was resting against a fence.
Police initially thought Pritchett may have died from injuries sustained in
an accident because he suffered head injuries.
But an autopsy determined he'd been shot in the chest.
Police say their investigation into the death is continuing.
Louisiana's most famous nun says Virginians have a moral dilemma.
Sister Helen (pray-ZHAN) Prejean says Virginia may be getting ready to
execute an innocent man.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SUPER=01-Sister Helen Prejean/Author & Activist; :07
SUPER=01-Lori Urs/O'Dell Defense Team; :57
SUPER=03-Jarratt/File Tape; 1:24
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Sister Helen Prejean wrote "Dead Man Walking" and it's her that Susan
Sarandon won an Oscar portraying last year.
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((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN: THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, ALONG WITH MY STATE, LOUISIANA,
IS INTENT ON EXECUTIONS PERIOD. WE, WITH GEORGIA, TEXAS, AND FLORIDA, HAVE
BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 70- PERCENT OF ALL EXECUTIONS RESUMED AFTER THE 1976
SUPREME COURT RULING. EXECUTIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SOUTHERN THING.))
Her cause du jour is Virginia Beach condemned killer Joseph O'Dell.
His defense team says DNA blood evidence of the kind that convicted
Richmond's Southside Strangler Timothy Spencer would ACQUIT O'Dell.
Governor Allen even pardoned presumed rapist Ed Honaker when DNA evidence
O'Dell's team's biggest beef is Virginia's 21- day rule.
NO new evidence can be submitted on the 22nd day after the original trial.
A recent Virginia Tech poll showed the rule unpopular.
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((LORI URS: 74- PERCENT OF THOSE SURVEYED DISAGREE WITH THE CURRENT LAW. THIS
SUGGESTS THAT THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ARE MORE INTERESTED IN MEETING THE ENDS OF
JUSTICE THAN CONVICTING AND EXECUTING THE WRONG PERSON.))
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((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN: HOW ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THIS MAN JOSEPH O'DELL, WHO WILL
SURELY BE KILLED BY THE STATE OF VIRGINIA UNLESS THIS COMMUNITY STANDS WITH HIM
AND SPEAKS OUT FOR HIM TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE COURTS AND TO THE WORLD?))
O'Dell's date for the death chamber will NOT be set until a federal appeals
court ruling comes down.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The (JAFF-free) Jafree Shirt Company in Wytheville is closing its doors
after 60 years of business.
Jafree once employed several hundred workers, sewing shirts for famous-
Now there are only about 50 workers
Officials say the sharpest decline came when the North American Free Trade
Agreement allowed work to shift overseas.
And President Charles Clatterbuck says the final nail in the coffin is the
pending minimum wage increase.
((CHARLES CLATTERBUCK/JAFREE PRESIDENT: THERE ARE PLANTS AND COUNTRIES THAT ARE
PAYING 31 CENTS AN HOUR. I CAN'T COMPETE WITH THAT. ))
((GERALDINE CASSELL/JAFREE WORKER: I THINK IT'S TERRIBLE THAT THEY'RE TAKING
OUR JOBS OVERSEAS.))
SUPER=01-Charles Clatterbuck/Jafree President;
SUPER=01-Geraldine Cassell/Jafree Worker;
OUT Q=compete with that.
Clatterbuck hopes someone will buy the plant and keep it open.
The Wythe County Industrial Development Authority HAS pledged to help.
((BENNY BURKETT/WYTHE CO. IDA: WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM IN ANY WAY THAT
WE POSSIBLY CAN. AND THE PROSPECTS AS WELL. IF THEY NEED FINANCING WE'LL TRY TO
ASSIST WITH THAT AS WELL. ))
SUPER=01-Benny Burkett/Wythe Co. IDA;
OUT Q=with that as well.
The plant is slated to close September 13th.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, young hopefuls are flocking to the gym to
imitate their Olympic heroes,
and we will explain why midwives are hoping a new wave of popularity will lead
to a birth of a notion.
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There's a growing movement in this region to bring midwives back to the
baby delivery system.
A midwife attends pregnancy and childbirth, but is NOT a physician.
Freeda Cathcart has a great deal of faith in midwives.
She just delivered twin sons over the weekend....at home, in her bed, under
the guidance of a midwife.
IN Q=A lot of
((FREEDA CATHCART/MOTHER: A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE WONDERING HOW WE WERE GOING TO
DO IT, AND WHEN I TELL THEM THAT I HAVE A MIDWIFE WITH EXPERIENCE THAT HAD
ALREADY DELIVERED FIVE SETS OF TWIN, THAT REASSURED THEM SOME, BUT TWINS ARE
CONSIDERED A HIGH RISK...BUT THE THING I LIKE BEST ABOUT MIDWIFE'S APPROACH IS
THAT BIRTH IS A NATURAL, NORMAL EVENT.))
SUPER=01-Freeda Cathcart/Child-Birth Educator & Mother; :
OUT Q=normal event.
It was the mid-wife who also supervised her prenatal care.
Freeda, herself is an internationally certified child-birth educator.
But at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, neo-natologist Robert Allen
believes home births are just too risky.
((DR. ROBERT ALLEN/NEONATOLOGIST: CERTAINLY IN THE ROANOKE AREA WHERE
HOSPITALS ARE VERY CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO SEEK A MORE
PRIMITIVE FORM OF DELIVERY WHEN ALL THE MODERN CONVENIENCES ARE AVAILABLE AND
CAN BE PROVIDED IN A VERY HOME-LIKE AND PATIENT FRIENDLY MANNER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Allen/Neonatologist; : :
OUT Q=patient friendly manner.
Dr. Allen says home births bring a greater chance of mortality for both
mother and baby, especially in the case of twins.
Still, Freeda and her clan of four are happy with the decison.
Three of the four children were born at home.
An annual tradition is well underway in Halifax County.
Each year thousands voyage to John Wade's Farm in Turbeville (tur-ba-ville)
for the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival.
This is the 16th year for the festival which draws people of all ages.
The musical group "The Embers", best known for the song "I Love Beach
Music", were on hand to entertain the crowd.
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SUPER=01-Nancy Pool/Halifax Co. Chamber of Commerce; :00
OUT Q=good music.
All proceeds go to the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce which uses the
money to help different local causes.
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The NFL knocks down Michael Irvin, Mark McGuire knocks one into the twilight
zone, J.C. hopes the price in right with the Panthers, and Kerri Strug has to
take a seat for a few days.
And it's been an up and down day for the Charlotte Hornets as first round
draft pick Tony Delk signed a three year deal with the team.
But newly acquired Anthony Mason was arrested this morning in New York and
charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
He also resisted arrest and caused minor injuries to two officers.
Now the scores.
wipe to scores
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SUPER=0092-j/Atlanta/4//St. Louis/1////San Diego/4//Houston/4/10//;
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The NFL has lowered the boom on Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin, suspending
the all-pro receiver for five games.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/Last Week; :00
Eight days ago, Irvin pleaded no contest to cocaine possession, and that was
enough for the NFL to sit him down for the first five games of the regular
For violating the league's substance abuse policy, Irvin will lose more than
half a million dollars in salary during his time off.
The East leading New York Yankees beat Texas 4-to-2, as Andy Pettitte becomes
the AL's first 15 game winner.
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Pettitte didn't pitch his best game of the year as he went six innings and
gave up two runs on nine hits including this solo homer by Ivan Rodriguez.
But Bernie Williams went 2-for-2 with a solo homer as the Yankees win their
second straight over the Rangers, and SUPER=35-New York/4/Texas/2;
pick up their 60th win of the year to stay comfortably in front of the the
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In Chicago this afternoon, Mark McGwire hit his major league leading 36th
homer of the year as the A's beat the Whitesox 6-to-5.
But he didn't just hit it he crushed it! The tape measure job traveled 470
feet - the longest homer ever hit by a visiting player at the new Comisky Park.
The A's have homered in 20 straight games.
Salem and Frederick had another Carolina League diamond date tonight, and
Salem picked up a big come from behind win.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Keys;
The field crew gave the dusty infield a drink before the game.
Then the Avalanche made a splash in the 1st. Nate Holdren rips a 2-out
double down the line in left. John Guidice crosses the plate for a 1-zip Salem
Things would stay that way until Frederick knotted things at 1 in the 7th.
The Keys would unlock the tie in the 9th. Frederick loads the bases for
Craig Daedelow, and Daedelow responds with a bases clearing double to make it
4-1 Keys, but Salem gets 4 in the bottom of the inning to win it 5-4.
A mixed bag for local golfers today during the second round of play at
Virginia State women's amateur at the Cascades course in Hot Springs.
Salem's Lee Shirley is the only local golfer to advance today as Fran
Hensley, Sara Cole and Kathy Hull all lost.
In the senior-am - Roanoke's Dot Bolling advanced to the final four with a
2-up win over Joan Darden.
Still to come tonight, Virginia Tech's outlandish J.C. Price is toning down
and trying to keep a low profile in his first NFL training camp. Steve Mason
with more from Panthers camp right after this.
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The Carolina Panthers continue to conduct training camp without Running back
Tim Biakabatuka in the fold.
But while he is still holding out, 4th round pick J.C. Price is just trying
to hold on.
Steve Mason and Photographer Greg Moore caught up with the former Tech star.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Year; :00
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :09
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Panther Defensive Lineman; :19
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; 1:02
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panthers Veteran Linebacker; 1:29
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
The young lady who clinched the gold medal for the United States women in
gymnastics last night will be sidelined for a few days.
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Kerri Strug fell on her first vault and hurt her ankle, but she gathered her
herself and moments later nailed this one to wrap up the gold.
But she damaged her ankle and this afternoon doctors advised her to sit out
the individual all-around competition.
She hopes to be well enough to compete in the vault finals on Sunday and
floor exercise on Monday.
In action this today the US baseball team beat Italy 15-to-3.
The US women beat Taiwan 4-to-nothing in softball to remain unbeaten.
China beat the US women's volleyball team 3 games to one. The US is now 2
And the US soccer team tied Portugal 1-to-1 and that means the US will not
advance to the quarterfinals.
And the Dream Team is struggling to beat Lithuania after a tight first half,
the US is now in front __to__ .
The success of seven young women in Atlanta may soon be felt in gyms across
Interest in gymnastics is expected to flourish in the wake of last night's
gold medal performance by the U- S women's team.
IN Q=I was amazed at how they came back
((LAUREN SISLER/GYMNAST: I WAS AMAZED AT HOW THEY CAME BACK FROM COMPULSORY AND
EVERYTHING AND HOW KERRI STRUG HURT HERSELF AND SHE WENT ALL THE WAY FOR THE
OUT Q=all the way for the team.
The team's success has been a boost for Lauren Sisler and other young
athletes at the Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics.
The sport requires long hours of practice, often with little recognition.
But the Olympics have brought them back into the spotlight.
IN Q=Our phone has been ringing
((BARBARA JIRKA/HEAD COACH: OUR PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING CONSTANTLY ALL WEEK
LONG, EVEN BEFORE THE WOMEN'S TEAM WON THE GOLD MEDAL, SO THAT JUST PROVES TO
YOU THAT THE OLYMPICS REALLY DOES HELP OUR SPORT.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jirka/Head Coach;
OUT Q=does help our sport.
Most of the advanced students practice at least 16 hours a week, but the
coach says she expects enrollment to climb substantially in the wake of the