A hostage situation, involving a plane load of passengers is over in
And President Clinton's whistlestop tour takes him to Toledo where he
praises his economic record and the U-S auto industry.
Variable clouds and the threat of showers figure prominently in the forecast
today and tomorrow. All that plus a tropical update in just a few minutes.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
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Henry County is losing a valuable job source.
Dupont's manufacturing plant in Henry County will close in mid 19-98,
leaving some 600 employees jobless.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
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
IN Q=Looking at where
((JOHN WINSKE/DUPONT PLANT MANAGER: LOOKING AT WHERE WE EXPECT THE NYLON
BUSINESS TO BE AT COUPLE OF YEARS OUT FROM NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS PLANT IS
JUST NOT GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE ENOUGH. ))
SUPER=01-John Winske/Dupont Plant Manager;
OUT Q=competitive enough
The vice president of the Martinsville Dupont employees union says he's not
surprised by the company's announcement.
He says it pretty much confirms what workers have been hearing all along,
but that is not much comfort for those losing their jobs.
SOT 19:49:32 Dupont-closing tape
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
Dupont's General Manager says the company has a transition plan to provide
workers with a month's pay for every two years of service and they're looking
into other options as well.
After an emotional opening night in Chicago, the Democratic convention
today focuses on family issues.
President Clinton, making his way to the Windy City on a whistlestop tour,
spoke this morning at a jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio.
Byron Harlan reports.
IN Q=The president stood
SUPER=01-Christopher Reeve/Actor; :51
SUPER=01-Edward James Olmos/Actor; 1:07
SUPER=01-Sarah Brady/Gun Control Advocate; 1:33
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:45
OUT Q=CBS News, Chicago.
The president stood with the labor movement when he stood next to jeep
cherokee number two-million, as it rolled off the assembly line in toledo
his speeches and the convention itself have been laced with
traditional democratic themes, but he's also telling workers, they can compete
effectively with workers everywhere.
`YOU CAN BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD...'
The speech was another stop on his way to chicago, where last
night, speakers moved the convention crowd.
Actor christopher reeve spoke from a wheel chair and from his
heart, perhaps unintentionally alluding to tonight's theme...family values.
he says he's come to understand, family values means: we're all
family and we all have value.
CRISTOPHER REEVE, ACTOR:NOW IF THAT'S TRUE, IF AMERICA REALLY IS A FAMILY,
THEN WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT MANY MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY ARE HURTING."
He told the crowd, american scientists can find a way to enable
paralyzed people to walk again and that it's possible to do it without raising
It capped a night of highly emotional and sometimes fiery speeches.
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, ACTOR:"(WHISTLE) I'M TALKING ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN, SO PLEASE
JUST ONE SECOND."
Actor james olmos talked about america in which children are too
Then there was jim and sarah brady...two staunch republicans,
giving an impassioned plea for more gun control, thanking president clinton
for all he's done on that front so far.
SARAH BRADY, GUN CONTROL ADVOCATE)
"HE'S A HUNTER AND HE'S A SPORTSMAN, BUT HE UNDERSTANDS THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REMINGTON RIFLE AND AN AK-47."
All of it kept lots of delegates on the edge of their seats and
there may be more of that tonight.
"hilary clinton will give a speech that may help define her role in
the months ahead and then there's jesse jackson who knows how to fire-up a
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Chicago.))
The speeches and excitement of the party conventions are not enough to sway
the vote of the United Mine Workers of America.
Its leaders say they've already chosen their candidate.
The union represents thousands of people in our area who work in the coal
mines of far southwest Virginia and West Virginia.
From the floor of the Democratic national convention in Chicago, U-M-W-A
President Cecil Roberts tells News 7 he doesn't agree with all of President
But he doesn't disagree enough to pull his endorsement.
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IN Q=I think
((CECIL ROBERTS/UMWA PRESIDENT: I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHOICES BETWEEN
BILL CLINTON AND BOB DOLE, THAT'S A NO BRAINIER FOR ANYONE THAT HAS TO WORK.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE LAST TWO YEARS OF WHAT THE REPUBLICAN
CONGRESS, NEW TIE AND THE BLOWHARDS, BEGAN IN 1994, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEY WENT
AFTER OUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS MEDICARE AND WENT AFTER SOCIAL SECURITY.))
SUPER=01-Cecil Roberts/UMWA President;
OUT Q=social security.
Roberts also accuses Republicans of watering down laws protecting the health
care benefits of retirees who worked in the coal mines.
Republicans charge President Clinton has shown his anti- union colors by his
support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
A peaceful ending to a hijacking drama at a London airport.
British authorities say several Iraqi hijackers surrendered this morning
after freeing all 199 people on board a Sudanese jetliner.
The plane was hijacked last night shortly after leaving Sudan on a trip to
Authorities say the hijackers were seeking political asylum.
Things are looking better for Mother Teresa as she marks her 86th birthday
today in an Indian hospital.
Doctors say she's begun to breathe without help from a respirator.
They also say her lung infection is under control.
But she also has an irregular heart beat and is expected to be hospitalized
for several more days.
One fire official says it couldn't get much worse.
About 18-thousand people are fighting fires in the West, which
have charred more than 238-thousand acres.
In California, one widlfire that started only yesterday is burning out of
control and has already scorched 10-thousand acres.
Firefighters are now trying to keep some homes from going up in flames.
Authorities say a 15 year old boy admitted to starting the fire and is
being held for investigation of arson.
An international conference aimed at stopping the sexual exploitation of
children opened this morning in Sweden.
One-thousand delegates from 130 countries are meeting to discuss the forces
that drive children into the sex trade.
UNICEF says each year one million children are forced into prostitution and
pornography in a global multi- bilion dollar industry.
(( GOERAN PERSSON: ALL CHILDREN, EVERYWHERE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE
TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS WITH INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS;
SUPER=01-Goeran Persson/Swedish Prime Minister;
OUT Q=human rights.
UNICEF says the Internet has made
it easier for child pornographers to operate.
A judge in Roanoke County has authorized spending state money to hire a
private investigator to help in the defense of Earl Bramblett.
The capital murder suspect was in court briefly this morning.
Though the prosecutor says he's ready to try the case today his court-
appointed defense team is just getting started.
Bramblett was arrested in South Carolina barely a month ago.
There are hours of audio tapes and hundreds of videotapes, photographs, and
lab reports related to the death of Teresa and Blane Hodges and their two
It may be next year before the case actually comes to trial.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore counts two church burnings in Virginia as hate
And that's enough to push Gilmore into erecting a big tent of concern for
houses of worship.
Gilmore is following up his national leadership on the church arson issue
with a statewide summit next month.
IN Q=We're not
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: WE'RE NOT JUST CONTACTING BLACK CHURCHES. IN
FACT, SYNAGOGUE PEOPLE ARE BEING ASKED TO COME. PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH
OTHER HOUSES OF WORSHIP. MOSLEM MOSQUES. ALL CHURCHES THAT FEEL LIKE THEY MAY
BE THREATENED, OR THE SUBJECT OF AN ATTACK BASED ON A HATE CRIME.))
OUT Q=hate crime.
The Gilmore summit will be September fourth at Virginia Union University.
Everything from smoke detectors to new legislation is on the agenda.
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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) worked 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
for, but his attorney says it's nothing more than a bookkeeping error.
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 today.
History is on a roll in Salem.
A 30-ton Railroad Freezer Box-Car was rolled from Roanoke to the Roanoke
Valley Central Rail-way Museum in Salem yesterday.
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.
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If speeches and balloons don't get you excited for the Presidential
Election, then memorabillia might be just the thing.
The Virginia Historical Society opened a new exhibit on memorabillia from
These trinkets from American politics include everything from campaign
buttons to soap dolls.
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starts on video
IN Q=can you imagine
((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: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 1896. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society;
OUT Q=bizarre in 1896
They didn't do much to clean up politics, but the exhibit runs through
And by then we'll know if two decades more experience worked for Bob Dole.
A new business in Roanoke is finding that when its customers look better,
they feel better.
The mission of "Most Beautiful" is to provide foot care-- in the form of
pedicures-- to elderly and disabled clients, and even diabetics.
Many diabetics have a condition known as peripheral neuropathy-- masking
feeling in the foot, so patients are supposed to check their feet frequently.
With "Most Beautiful"-- clients get special attention, with a whirlpool and
IN Q=Our technician
((REBA THOMAS/"MOST BEAUTIFUL" OWNER: OUR TECHNICIAN, MELISSA, SHE IS VERY
GOOD, SHE WILL CUT YOUR TOENAILS IF YOU ARE NOT A DIABETIC, SHE WILL TELL YOU
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET IF YOU ARE. FOR THOSE WITH HEART TROUBLE SHE WILL
TELL YOU, SHE KNOWS WHEN TO ADVISE THAT YOU GO TO YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR OR A
SUPER=01-Reba Thomas/"Most Beautiful" Owner; :
OUT Q= podiatrist.
"Most Beautiful" visits nursing homes, or clients can visit the salon.
Reba Thomas, a diabetic herself, wanted to do something to help others with
diabetes.....as well as those no longer capable of pampering their own feet.
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GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Divers working to recover wreckage from T-W-A Flight 800 are running out of
pieces to collect.
N-T-S-B officials say there aren't anymore large pieces to collect.
Divers have recovered about 60 percent of the aircraft.
One local company is helping in the search.
For the past few years Litton Fibercom has worked on a computer networking
system for the new Boeing 7-77 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, NY/Last Week;
is on the Coast Guard Cutter assisting the recovery operation of T-W-A 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=It's a good
((JACK FREEMAN/VP-LITTON FIBERCOM: IT'S A GOOD PART OF OUR BUSINESS, IT'S ONE
THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW FOR REVENUES. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Freeman/V.P. Litton FiberCom;
OUT Q=for revenues.
Litton- FiberCom has about 125 employees.
Back in 1994 the company was formed after Roanoke- based FiberCom was
purchased by Litton Industries of California.
Welcome Wagon International is planning to expand in western Virginia. The
Connecticut-based company says it will hire 50 people in the Roanoke, Lynchburg
and Martinsville areas over the next year.
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.
The Redskins resigned four players they released yesterday including former
UVa lineman Ryan Kuehl. He was placed on the practice squad.
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
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.
In the National League yesterday the struggling Mets made Dallas Green blue
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=...had the opportunity."
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And a final baseball note..
There was some excitement at the Astros/Cardinals game last night.
Watch the wall..
That's a fan falling ten feet out of the stands and into right field.
The 25-year-old man was taken off the field on a stretcher.
Doctors say he does not appear to have any serious injuries.
Witnesses say he apparently dropped his hat and fell when he reached for it.
Coming up on Health CHeck today--
A report on the latest treatments for endometriosis, a serious, painful
disease that affects more than five million women in this country alone.
Plus, ragweed allergy sufferers' watery eyes and runny noses may soon be
transformed to tears of joy.
We'll tell you about the latest research from Richmond, where a new drug
is being tested.
Join us for those stories, later today on News 7 at FIVE.
Have a great afternoon.