News 7 is next-
A major loss for the Southside economy- The DuPont plant is closing down-
Six hundred people will be out of work.
Secret talks may be in the works between tobacco companies and the
Plus four female cadets are now at the Citadel.
News 7 is next.
The DuPont plant in Henry County will close in mid 1998.
As we reported on News 7 at six- nearly six hundred jobs will go.
IN Q=My mother worked
((JEANNETTE STONE/28- YEAR- EMPLOYEE: MY MOTHER WORKED OVER HERE BEFORE I WAS
BORN, AND IT'S KIND OF BEEN LIKE A FAMILY TRADITION. SO, IT'S REAL HARD.))
SUPER=01-Jeannette Stone/28 Year Employee;
OUT Q=REAL HARD
More details at eleven.
A mother breaks down in court after hearing her son's sentence- 53 years for
the murder of a Tech Student.
Plus a secret deal may be in the works between tobacco companies and the
Join us for News 7 at 11.
It's an economic blow to Southside Virginia--
Dupont announced today it's closing its nylon manufacturing plant in Henry
County in mid- 1998.
Kimberly McBroom has been following this story all evening.
Kim, this will leave HUNDREDS of people out of work-- So far how are people
taking the news?
Well, it's been an emotional day for both company officials and Dupont
Just two years ago, Dupont downsized its plant from 13- hundred workers to
the current 600.
Now, a changing marketplace will close the plant for good.
IN Q=News of the impending shutdown
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Jeannette Stone/28-year Employee; :12
SUPER=01-John Winske/Dupont Plant Manager; :32
OUT Q=transfer to other locations
(( News of the impending shutdown spread quickly throughout the large
facility that houses 600 employees.
For longtime workers-- the company's closing is like losing an old friend.
((JEANNETTE STONE/28- YEAR- EMPLOYEE: WELL, IT'S REAL SAD. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN
EXPECTING IT FOR A LONG TIME. BUT IT'S STILL-- IT'S HARD. ))
The closing date is set for mid- 1998.
Company officials say although business is good at the plant right now--
its outlook is bleak.
They say the plant won't be able to hold its own against increased foreign
((JOHN WINSKE/DUPONT GENERAL MANAGER: IT'SN NOT AN ISSUE OF WHETHER THE PLANT
DOES WELL. OUR PEOPLE ARE GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO, BUT IT'S JUST AN ISSUE WE'VE
GOT COMING TWO TO THREE YEARS FROM NOW WHERE WE'RE NO LONGER GOING TO BE ABLE
TO DO IT HERE. ))
Winske says he's aware of the economic plight Dupont's shutdown will
create in the area-- but there are provisions for employees.
He says the company has a transition plan to provide workers with a month's
pay for every two years of service.
They'll also explore opportunities for employees to transfer to other
We spoke with the vice president of the Martinsville dupont employees
union over the phone tonight.
Jerry Adams says he's not really surprised by today's announcement-- that
it just confirms what workers have been hearing for a while now.
Jean, the union plans to work out some of the particulars surrounding the
transitional benefits package.
(Q and A)
(Does the company have any idea what will happen to its current facility?)
Management says it plans to work with local and state economic development
officials to attract new industry to the site.
Jean, they hope the location will be used again for manufacturing.
A deal may be in the works between tobacco companies and the government.
CBS News is reporting that secret talks have taken place aimed at a
Jim Stewart has details.
IN Q=Sources stress
OUT Q=Jim Stewart CBS NEWS Washington."
((But sources say the details are far from final.
Under the proposal tobacco companies would pay 131 billion dollars to
states for treating smoking related illness. They would fund a 10 billion
dollar anti-smoking campaign and turn over all of their documents relating to
health and safety.
In return cigarette companies would receive government amnesy from
liablity suits for 15 years, avoid having nicotine as a drug and escape all
jurisdiction by the Food and Drug Administration.
WHETHER IT IS A GOOD DEAL WITH DEPEND ON HOW STRONGLY IT'S WORDED. HOW QUICKLY
IT'S IMPOSED AND HOW MANY LIVES IT WILLS AVE AND WHETHER IT ALLOWS TOBACCO
COMPANIES TO DO BUSINESS AS USUSAL.
Tobacco companies say many details of the deal remain completely
If a deal does go through, smokers could be the big losers- Cigarettes could
up by 50 cents a pack to pay for it.
It's day one of the Democratic National Convention.
The theme of tonight's session is the war on crime.
Regina Blakely is in Chicago with the highlights.
SUPER=01-Mike Robbins/Chicago Police Officer;
SUPER=01-Sarah Brady/Gun Control Advocate;
SUPER=01-Jim Brady/Gun Control Advocate;
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Chicago."
What started as a jury trial ended in a plea bargain today for 20 year-old
Gary Wayne Barker.
Barker pled guilty as an accessory to the capital murder of a Virginia Tech
student, in addition to carjacking, abduction, robbery and firearms charges.
Instead of six life terms, Barker was sentenced to 53 years in prison.
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: HE DID NOT, OR WAS NOT HE ONE
THAT ACTUALLY SHOT AND KILLED MR. DEFILIPPIS, ALTHOUGH HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE
ROBBERY AND THE ABDUCTION AND THE CARJACKING. AND HE DID COOPERATE WITH THE
POLICE FROM THE BEGINNING. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=from the beginning.
The plea bargain requires Barker to testify against two co-defendants.
Ben Lilly, the alleged triggerman will be tried for capital murder.
HIS brother Mark Lilly is charged as an accessory.
((JIMMY TURK/BARKER'S LAWYER: GARY BARKER IS CERTAINLY, AS HE STATED TODAY IS
GONNA TESTIFY TRUTHFULLY, HE'S GONNA SAY EXACTLY WHAT HE TOLD THE POLICE FROM
THE OUTSET. ))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Barker's Lawyer;
OUT Q=from the outset.
Alexander DeFilippis was abducted from a Blacksburg convenience store, and
shot to death in Montgomery County last December.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a former South Boston police officer is
accused of embezzlement,
And we'll check in with the Citadel and see how it's new female cadets are
dealing with HELL WEEK.
Robin in the WX Office
MUSIC UP FULL
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A former South Boston police officer charged with pocketing more than one
thousand dollars seized as evidence in a drug case says he's NOT guilty.
42-year old Larry Jerome Stovall (STOWE-VALL) was employed as a narcotics
investigator until earlier this year.
Aside from allegedly pocketing evidence, Stovall is also accused of taking
funds that should have gone to pay drug informants.
Authorities say altogether more than two-thousand dollars is unaccounted
Stovall's attorney says the missing money is nothing more than a bookkeeping
IN Q=He's not
((CHARLES COSBY/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:HE'S NOT A THIEF, BASICALLY HE WAS A
POLICEMAN, WHO WAS HARD WORKING, HAD WORKED 15- YEARS AS A PATROLMAN, HAD BEEN
PUT IN THIS JOB AND NOT GIVEN THE SUPERVISION NOR THE TRAINING NOR DID HE HAVE
THE PROPER BACKGROUND OR WHAT HE WAS ASKED TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Cosby/Defense Attorney; :00
OUT Q=asked to do.
Stovall's trial is expected to wrap-up tomorrow.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
One local company helped out in the TWA Crash recovery.
It called Litton Fibercom.
For the past few years the company has designed a computer networking
system for the new Boeing 777 aircraft.
Now the company has adapted that technology for nautical applications.
Litton FiberCom's LAN Interface Unit, or L-I-U, SUPER=03-Long Island,
is on the Coast Guard Cutter assisting the recovery operation of TWA Flight
The device centrally connects much of the ship's computer based data,
sensor, and navigation devices.
This makes its wiring simpler.
Litton FiberCom says so far, the Coast Guard is pleased with its work.
IN Q=We more
((JACK FREEMAN/VP-LITTON FIBERCOM: WE MORE THAN LIKELY WILL BE THE SUPPLIER OF
THE LAN INTERFACE UNITS FOR THE NEXT 11 SHIPS AS WELL. So that means another
chunk of business? FREEMAN: PROBABLY ANOTHER TWO MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF
BUSINESS FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Jack Freeman/Litton FiberCom Vice President;
OUT Q=for us.
Litton- FiberCom has about 125 employees.
Back in 1994 the company was formed after Roanoke- based FiberCom was
purchased by Litton Industries of California.
The Democrats aren't the only ones trying to grab the political spoltlight
On a much smaller scale, a new exhibit of presidential campaign memorabilia
tried to grab a little attention today at the Virginia Historical Society.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Okay. This
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society; :14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
This probably wasn't sanctioned by the Carter campaign.
But now that we've got your attention: IKE morphing.
The trinkets of American politics may have gotten a little more irreverent
since Andrew Jackson's election.
((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WHEN THE AVERAGE MAN IN THE STREET GOT TO
CHOOSE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS WHO IN TURN CHOSE THE PRESIDENT, THAT HAPPENED
IN THE 1820'S. AND THAT'S WHEN WE SEE CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME HAVING TO
TAKE THEIR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE AT LARGE. OR AT LEAST THE ADULT MALE
POPULATION AT LARGE.))
After that, the tariff question.
The silver or gold standard.
Big questions of the day in the 19th century.
((I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE POLITICS OF THE PAST.
I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ON THAT SCORE.))
If NOT the politics, how about the playthings?
Let's see -- gals finally found a role.
Not that women haven't made their way into presidential politics for
generations -- but the one that finally got on the ticket -- well you see what
happened to her.
The William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan soap dolls.
((CAN YOU IMAGINE TAKING A BATH WITH A LITTLE SOAP DOLE OR CLINTON OR GOD
FORBID PEROT? BUT THAT WOULD BE PRETTY BIZARRE. I SUPPOSE IT WAS BIZARRE IN
They didn't do much to clean up politics.
The exhibit runs through December 1st.
And by then we'll know if two decades more experience worked for Bob Dole.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the newscast, (----------------)
we'll see why traffic was slowed down today as a vintage rail car was getting
back on track to a new life.
MUSIC UP FULL
Today was the start of "hell week" for the freshmen at the formerly all male
IN Q=Do you understand
OUT Q=sir, yes, sir. (go by the time)
Hell Week is the start of a week of intense physical training for the
Citadel's new class of freshmen.
The freshmen- including four women started their day at 5:20 am.
Then they were led to the Citadel's barber shop to get their official military
The school says the female cadets will be treated the same as the other
The only differences- They'll get blinds on their windows and latches on
GRAPHIC=First Day School
For thousands of area children, the summer is over.
Many area schools welcomed back students today.
And as Scott Prince reports, all went according to plan.
IN Q=The first
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Crowder/Glenvar Middle School; :09
SUPER=01-Kristin Monclova/7th Grader; :20
SUPER=01-Martha Cobble/Cave Spring H.S. Principal; :51
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( The first day of class was filled with new beginnings for students and
faculty at Glenvar Middle School.
Everything seemed to go according to plan... except for a few minor
((MIKE CROWDER/GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: TEACHERS ARE SAYING RIGHT NOW,
THERE ARE NO PENCIL SHARPENERS, SO I'VE GOT AN ELECTRIC ONE IN MY OFFICE AND
THE KIDS ARE COMING DOWN AND SHARPENING THEIR PENCILS THERE. LITTLE THINGS THAT
YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED.))
OUT Q=for granted
Even the students were calling the first day a success.
IN Q=The first
((KRISTIN MONCLOVA/SEVENTH GRADER: THE FIRST DAY YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF
HOMEWORK AND THE TEACHERS ARE REALLY NICE AND STUFF LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=stuff like that
While folks at Glenvar celebrated their new school... students and staff at
Cave Spring High can only wonder what might have been.
A bond referendum was shot down in April.
The tax would have supplied enough funds for a new school.
Instead... Cave Spring was awarded a double wide trailer to help defer the
influx of students.
But no one seemed to be dwelling on the situation.
It seemed students were focused on more pressing issues, like trying to find
their next classroom... and learning locker combinations.
SOT 2:22:47 (1st day tape)
IN Q=The students
((DR. MARTHA COBBLE/CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: THE STUDENTS HAVE
LOCATED THEIR SCHEDULES, THEIR TEACHERS. AND THE TEACHERS HAVE LOCATED THE
STUDENTS TOO. AND THEY WERE JUST AS INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHO THEY WERE GOING
TO HAVE IN THEIR CLASSES JUST AS THE STUDENTS WERE INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHO
THEIR TEACHERS WOULD BE. ))
OUT Q=would be
STAND UP 18:22:55 (1st day STAND UP tape)
Not all area kids have hit the books-- at least not yet.
Some districts, like Roanoke City, won't start school until after Labor Day.
Scott Prince, News- 7.
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SUPER=332-Patchy Fog/Light Winds/60-63/Afternoon Showers/Likely/80-83;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Isolated Showers/60-63/Showers Likely/Light
SUPER=334-Showers Ending/Partly Cloudy/58-60/Isolated Showers/Possible/78-80;
And the Dodgers are no longer in the dark when it comes to the future of
After undergoing tonsil cancer surgery back in May, Butler is back in shape
and ready to return to the field.
He plans to join the team later today, and rejoin the active roster by
Still to come on this Monday night we'll take a preseason look at the
Northside VIkings football team,
Plus, tell you why this man played 100 holes of hole today at the Roanoke
The NFL regular season begins this weekend, but last night the Arena Football
closed out its season with the Arena Bowl, this league's Super Bowl.
SUPER=03-Des Moines, IA/ESPN; :00
The Iowa Barnstormers and the Tampa Bay Storm hooked up last night in Des
Moines to battle for this lovely trophy.
Tampa Bay has won four championships since joining the league in 1991, and
they were hot as Jay Gruden hits Jason La France in the corner and the back of
the endzone, right in front of the fans for the touchdown.
The Tampa Bay defense would get nasty in this one, watch Stevie Thomas play
possum and them steal this pass out of midair and waltz in for the touchdown.
Tampa Bay beats Iowa 42 to 38 to win Arena Bowl 10.
The Carolina Panthers open the regular season this Sunday against the Falcons
at home in the brand new Ericsson stadium, last night they continued to fine
tune their roster.
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC/Last Month; :00
By releasing third string quarterback Kelly Stouffer, the former first round
pick who has not played in a regular season game since 1992.
After cutting the 32 year old Stouffer, Dom Capers picked up 24 year old Jay
Barker, the former Alabama star who was cut Sunday by New England.
wipe to eng#
The Redskins resigned four players they released yesterday in couding former
UVa lieneman RYan Kuehl. He was placed on teh practice squad.
The Colorado Rockies reactivated pitcher Bill Swift last night and gave him
the starting assignment on the mound against the Reds.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Reds vs. Rockies; :00
Just last Wednesday Swift was pitching in Salem trying to get his shoulder
back in shape.
This is how you get your neck out of shape, Swift serves up the two run homer
to Lenny Harris with no one out in the third. He also gave up two runs in the
Swift left the game after 5 innings.
Elsewhere in the national league yesterday the struggling Mets made Dallas
as the team fired the veteran skipper who has been leading the club since
The Mets are currently in fourth place in the East, 23 games behind the
Braves and a dozen games behind in the wildcard chase.
Bobby Valentine, who managed Texas from 1985 through 1992, takes over as
manager. He's been managing the Mets triple-A team in Tidewater, and is
anxious to see his new team play.
IN Q="It think
((BOBBY VALENTINE/NEW METS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Valentine/New Mets Manager; :00
OUT Q=...UNTIL TOMORROW."
The U.S. Open tennis tournament got underway yesterday morning in New York,
and already there have been a couple of upsets and upsetting moves.
Maggie Maleeva the 12th seed and sixth seeded Anke Huber were each knocked
off in the first round.
And fan favorite Mary Jo Fernandez, JIm Courier and Mats Wilander have all
withdrawn due to a variety of physical ailments.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA Network; :00
On the men's court, 11th seeded MaliVai Washington was able to get by his
first round match as he eliminated Morocco's Karim Alami in three sets as his
family looked on.
Washington win it 6-4, 2-6, and 7-6.
Sergi Bruguera and Michael Stich and Michael Chang have also moved on to the
second round with Helena Sukova.
Friday Football Extra kick off the regular season this Friday night. In one
of the big games Northside takes on Cave Spring.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The Vikings finished in the middle of the district last year with a 2 and
3 record. Look for quarterback Xavier Lee to lead Jim Hickam's offensive
((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Football Coach; :00
OUT Q=...work habits"
It will be somewhat of a rebuilding year this season. Only 2 starters return
on offense and just 5 on defense. There are only 6 seniors on the team this
year, but many of the underclassman coming back have accumulated valuable game
IN Q="Our experience
OUT Q=boo coos of them"
Today was National Golf Day all across the country as golfers teed it up in
a swinging marathon to raise funds for Junior Golf.
Roanoke Country Club's Steve Slotterback began play at 6:30 this morning and
didn't quit until he had played 100 holes.
Money was donated for each hole played and much of the proceeds stay right
here in the valley.
((STEVE SLOTTERBACK/RCC ASSISTANT PRO:))
SUPER=01-Steve Slotterback/RCC Assistant Pro;
OUT Q=....junior programs"
Every 9 holes Slotterback got a new caddy to work with.
And appropriately the caddies were all junior golfers who learned a great
deal from the experience.
IN Q="It's been
((PHILLIP ANDERSON/JUNIOR GOLFER:))
SUPER=01-Phillip Anderson/Junior Golfer; :00
OUT Q=...play with him"
A 40 year old piece of history slowly rolled through the streets of Salem
A 30-ton Railroad Freezer Box-Car made its way from Roanoke to the Roanoke
Valley Central Rail-way Museum in Salem.
The box car was used during the 1950's to transport frozen produce and meats
across the country.
It was later replaced with up-graded technology.
The Box Car's been sitting idle since 1975 and is now ready to return to its
IN Q=The car will sit
((CHRIS HELMER/MUSEUM VICE PRESIDENT: THE CAR WILL SIT WITH THE REST OF OUR
COLLECTION AS A STATIC DISPLAY. THE CAR WILL BE RESTORED BACK TO IT'S HERITAGE
AS A REFRIGERATED BOX CAR.))
SUPER=01-Chris Helmer/Museum Vice President;
OUT Q=refrigerated box car.
With the help of Hill House Movers, it took about an hour to slowly roll the
box car through heavy afternoon traffic.