Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Yokohama plans to shut down for a week next month AND lay off about 50
Details of the Salem tire maker's decision in moment.
And at least some people can apparently see beyond the rubble that was once
the Lynchburg train station.
We'll see if we can see what they see in a moment.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason continues his reports from the Panthers
training camp as he checks in on JC Price.
Joe Gibbs gets ready to run at New River,
and we'll have the latest update on America's newest gymnastics hero, Kerri
Strug, who courageously helped the US win the gold last night.
Looking for some rain? You'll need to wait until tomorrow afternoon. After
that, a cooling trend for late July.
The past 30 days have not been particularly good for the Yokohama plant in
Last month one of its biggest customers said it was going to stop doing
business with the company.
Now there's more bad news-- this time for workers.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom
Scott Prince has been tracking this story all day... and he now joins us
from the newsroom with the latest.
Keith, Yokohama says it has excessive levels of inventory right now.
And that means about 50 jobs will be lost.
Workers were notified of the layoffs this morning.
They were also told that the entire plant would be shutting down for seven
days starting August first.
After that time, the Salem plant will cut production levels by three
Company officials insist this restructuring plan is a direct result from the
inventory problems... not from the loss of one of its main customers.. Price
Before Costco broke ties with Yokohama, they bought about 30 percent of all
the tires made in Salem.
It was at that point that the plant manager said there were no plans for
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom
But Keith, company officials said they had no choice now because of the
abundance of products inside the plant.
GRAPHIC=Made In Virginia
Workers and management at the Jafree Shirt Company in Wytheville are blaming
actions of the federal government for forcing it out of business.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=For 60 years
SUPER=01-Geraldine Cassell/Jafree Employee; :14
SUPER=01-Charles Clatterbuck/Jafree Employee; :41
SUPER=01-Marie Umberger/Jafree Employee; 1:05
SUPER=01-Claudia Crigger/Jafree Employee; 1:13
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( For 60 years, the Jafree Shirt Company has been sewing shirts for famous-
label apparel companies.
But ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect,
Jafree has seen more and more of their work move out of the country.
((GERALDINE CASSELL/JAFREE EMPLOYEE: I THINK IT'S TERRIBLE THAT THEY'RE TAKING
OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. THAT'S WHAT NAFTA HAS DONE FOR US, AND I THINK WE'RE ALL
KIND OF FILLED WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BITTERNESS, FRUSTRATION AND RESENTMENT. ))
But NAFTA is only part of the problem.
Jafree president Charles Clatterbuck says the pending minimum wage increase
was the final nail in the coffin.
((CHARLES CLATTERBUCK/JAFREE PRESIDENT: THERE ARE PLANTS AND COUNTRIES THAT ARE
PAYING 31 CENTS AN HOUR. I CAN'T COMPETE WITH THAT.))
SUWith declining orders, the plant cut production last November from five
days to three days a week. By September 13th production will stop and the plant
Some of these employees have worked at Jafree more than 40 years, it's all
((MARIE UMBERGER/JAFREE EMPLOYEE: IT HURT, WE'RE ALL JUST LIKE A FAMILY AND
WHEN WE GIVE UP OUR JOBS WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE GOING OUR SEPARATE WAYS. ))
((CLAUDIA CRIGGER/JAFREE EMPLOYEE: WELL I WAS DOWNHEARTED BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE
QUESTION: WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO NOW?
ANSWER: I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW. ))
Clatterbuck is trying to sell the plant in the hope someone else could keep
it open. Wythe County industrial development leaders have pledged their help,
but so far there have been no takers. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Police say a Danville man found dead this weekend did NOT die from injuries
sustained in a car accident as originally thought.
Twenty-three year old Pierre Lamont Pritchett's body was discovered around
11:45 Saturday night in the front seat of a car on Henry Street.
Pritchett's head injuries led police to believe his death was related to a
But an autopsy determined Pritchett actually died from a gunshot wound to
Police say the investigation into the death is continuing.
A celebrity nun and a man condemned to die, who may be innocent.
It's the stuff of Hollywood.
And now, it appears, Virginia.
Ellen Qualls has the latest death penalty controversy.
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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.
SOT 13;15:55 TAPE ONE
((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.
sot 13:12:33 tape one
((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.))
sot 13:24;11 TAPE ONE
((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.))
A Danville teenager wants a jury to believe he acted in self defense when he
shot and killed a fellow classmate in January.
But prosecutors say they aren't buying 17-year old Lawrence Howerton's
They maintain Howerton shot 16-year old Anthony Spraggins as revenge
following a fight at George Washington High school about a week earlier.
Howerton contends he pulled the trigger after Spraggins appeared to reach
for a gun and said "Forget all the fighting. I'm taking it to a higher level."
A weapon was never found on the victim.
The trial is still underway.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six returns-
The U-S Women's gymnastics team won the gold last night, fueling the Olympic
dreams of local youngsters who spend hours at the gym.
And the rules are changing for teenagers who get behind the wheel and also
for those who ride with them. We'll have details.
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Virginia Tech says it wants to make Virginia "the most wired state in the
And we're NOT talking coffee.
Tech teamed up with Bell Atlantic, Sprint, and Virginia's community colleges
to kick off "Access Virginia."
It means video images can finally start flowing through Virginia phone lines
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA. TECH PRESIDENT: VISUALIZE IF YOU WILL A WATER PIPE COMING
INTO YOUR HOUSE THAT'S ABOUT AN INCH IN DIAMETER. YOU CAN ONLY MOVE SO MUCH
WATER THROUGH THAT. NOWADAYS, WHEN WE SEND INFORMATION OVER THIS NETWORK --
THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION WE WANT TO SEND. INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS AND EVEN
MOTION PICTURES. NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A PIPE THAT MAY BE A YARD ACROSS.))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Va. Tech President;
OUT Q=a yard across.
Tech says it can increase its "distance learning" classroom time 200- fold,
paying for phone time instead of satellite time.
That means professors in Blacksburg would soon be able teach to high school
students from Grundy to the eastern shore of Virginia.
New laws are putting the brakes on inexperienced teen drivers by making it
tougher for them to hit the highways alone.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=Virginia's teens will
SUPER=01-Mary King/Department of Motor Vehicles; :22
SUPER=01-Ryan Marquart/Teen Driver; :51
SUPER=19-Stacey Martin; 1:10
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke
((Virginia's teens will have to wait a little longer before putting the
peddle to the metal--if they're going solo that is.
Previously teens could apply for their learner's permit at 15 or wait until
after their 16th birthday and get their license.
But, now ALL youngsters under 18 have to get their permit FIRST and keep it
for at least six months.
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IN Q=We find that
((MARY KING/DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES;
DRIVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE JUST SIMPLY INEXPERIENCED. THEY HAVE EXCELLENT
RESPONSE TIMES AND REFLEXES BUT THEY LACK THE DRIVING ABILITY AND THE GOOD
JUDGMENT THAT SOME OF THE OLDER AGE GROUPS HAVE.))
OUT Q=age groups have
Changes in the law not only apply to teens but also to the people who ride
Riders with young drivers now have to be over the age of 21 or a family
member who's at least 18.
Officials say this is to crack down on teens riding with other young,
But, some teens say the new laws are too harsh.
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IN Q=I know some
((RYAN MARQUART/TEENAGE DRIVER;
THE KIDS THAT ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO DRIVE--EXPERIENCED ENOUGH--ARE GETTING
PUNISHED FOR IT AND I DON'T REALLY THINK THAT'S FAIR.))
OUT Q=think that's fair
Other new laws require youngsters who flunk the written part of the exam to
wait 15 days before retaking it.
And, teens caught drinking and driving will face some of the same penalties
as adults--including license suspension.
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IN Q=DMV officials are
DMV OFFICIALS ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT THE NEW LAWS DON'T MEAN THE NUMBER OF
DEATHS AMONG TEEN DRIVERS HAS INCREASED--IN FACT FATALITIES FOR DRIVERS 18 AND
UNDER IS DOWN 30 PERCENT THIS YEAR. AND OFFICIALS SAY THEY JUST WANT TO KEEP
IT THAT WAY. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=SM, news 7, Roanoke
When it comes to earnings, Norfolk Southern's track record recently has been
so consistent that it has almost become boring.
But probably not to investors.
Today N-S Chairman David Goode announced the rail giant had another record
It posted profits of nearly 200- million- dollars, up 10- percent compared
to the same period a year ago.
Goode also expects the company will have a solid second half of the year.
Norfolk Southern is one of the area's largest employers, boasting a
workforce in the region that tops three- thousand people.
On Wall Street today the stock market was mixed.
The Dow gained 8 points, closing at 53-hundred-55.
NASDAQ lost nearly seven points.
Plans for renovating Lynchburg's old train station are slowly chugging
The city has hired a Washington D.C. consulting firm to study the property,
to see what kind of development would work best.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Since he was
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :21
SUPER=01-Bob White/Community Planner; :34
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; 1:10 quick
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Since he was a little boy, there's been a special place in Junius Haskins'
heart for Lynchburg's old train station.
Even walking the broken concrete today, the 80- year- old building can still
And where most people see peeling paint and rusting ironwork, Haskins sees
the potential for economic development.
IN Q=I think the
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT COULD BE A GOLD MINE. I'M JUST
WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN. IT'S NOT IF, BUT IT'S JUST WHEN BECAUSE IT'S GOT TO
OUT Q=got to happen.
City planners agree.
They've lined up enough money to pay a consulting firm to study what can be
done with the building and the surrounding property.
IN Q=It's a neat
((BOB WHITE/COMMUNITY PLANNER: IT'S A NEAT AREA. WE'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING
SOMETHING HAPPEN IN THAT AREA IF POSSIBLE, OF COURSE A LOT OF IT DEPENDS ON
WHAT FUNDING SOURCES WE'RE ABLE TO IDENTIFY.))
OUT Q=able to identify.
SU 7:16:53 (Rand Mac tape)
IN Q=Finding money
((Finding money for the project is one of the goals of the study. The city
already has approached Norfolk Southern about buying the train station
property, and councilman Junius Haskins says there's a great opportunity for a
public- private partnership.))
IN Q=There are
((HASKINS: THERE ARE SEVERAL CORPORATIONS THAT I HAVE TALKED TO IN THE CITY WHO
WOULD VERY MUCH BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THIS STATION THE REALITY THAT IT COULD BE.))
OUT Q=it could be.
Haskins would like Lynchburg to duplicate what Danville has accomplished
with its old station.
Specialty shops, restaurants and improved rail passenger facilities could be
in the works.
Haskins feels all it will take is a little vision.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Local gymnasts put in long hours of practice with little recognition, but
every four years the Olympics shine a spotlight on their sport.
On the day after the U-S women's team turned in a gold medal performance in
Atlanta, students at the Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics were going through their
Most of the advanced students have been at it for years, spending a minimum
of 16 hours a week in practice.
IN Q=It takes a lot
((ELIZABETH JETTON/GYMNAST: IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME, DEDICATION. YOU GO THROUGH
HARD TIMES, INJURIES, BUT OVERALL IT'S FUN.))
((MEGAN FORBES/GYMNAST: YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF TO GET UP ON THE
BEAM AND DO SKILLS LIKE BACK HAND SPRINGS.))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Jetton/Gymnast; :00
SUPER=01-Megan Forbes/Gymnast; :08
OUT Q=like back hand springs.
Despite the demands of the sport, interest in local gymnastics programs is
expected to flourish with the success of the U-S Women's Team in Atlanta.
Coming up tonight in sports, gymnast Kerri Strug helps the US win the gold,
but she pays the price.
Joe Gibbs son, JD was at New River today practicing his Late Model car.
And Steve Mason tells us if the price is right in CAROLINA, as former Tech
star J.C. Price attempts to make the Panthers roster.
The United State women's gymnastics team won the country's first overall
team gold medal last night and in the process created a new American hero.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC; :00
After falling on her first vault and hurting her ankle Kerri Strug had to hit
this one to lock up the gold medal for the Americans.
And she did just that.
The U.S. proudly paraded around the Georgia Dome afterwards, but this
afternoon is was learned that the ankle injury will keep Strug out of the
individual all-around competition.
She hopes to be well enough to compete in the vault finals on Sunday and
floor exercise on Monday.
Tonight the Dream Team and US men's soccer team will be in action.
The US must beat Portugal in soccer to advance to the next round.
The US softball team moved to 4-and-0 after beating Taiwan today.
The olympic featured their first traffic accident today as a bus carrying
athletes crashed with a car slightly injuring one kayaker from Antigua.
IN Q="We brought in...
((ANDREW YOUNG/FORMER ATLANTA MAYOR:))
SUPER=01-Andrew Young/Former Atlanta Mayor; :00
OUT Q=...TO BUY THEM."
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The bus carrying the women's gymnastics team was on time last night as the
team made its way to Planet Hollywood to smooze with Demi Moore and Bruce
GRAPHIC=Panthers training camp
Running back Tim Biakabatuka is the only draft pick holding out.
4th round pick and former Virginia Tech defensive standout J.C. Price is in
camp. Steve Mason and Photographer Greg Moore caught up with the new Panther.
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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"
J. D. Gibbs, the oldest son of Joe Gibbs was up at New River Valley
Speedway today testing his late model stock.
Gibbs has been racing late model stocks in and around North Carolina and
his plans are to race at New River - but just not this particular weekend.
He and his family will be in Canton Ohio were daddy Joe will be inducted
into the Pro football Hall of Fame.
((J.D. GIBBS/LATE MODEL STOCK DRIVER: ))
SUPER=01-J.D. Gibbs/Late Model Stock Driver; :
OUT Q=........to be a show."
Veteran Ronnie Thomas was giving Gibbs a few pointers on the line to drive
at New River.
Thomas was also shaking down his black Chrysler that hasn't been on the
track at New River this season.
He plans to drive it in Saturday night's Kroger WDBJ-250.
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