Pickets are up at two key General Motors plants, as contract talks continue
with the U-A-W.
And Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist church joins the Southern Baptist
General Motors workers are walking off the job and on to the picket line.
Last night the United Auto Workers Union called for strikes at plants in
Janesville, Wisconsin and Indianapolis.
The move boosts pressure on G-M, which today continues contract talks with
One hot-button issue still unresolved, job security for workers at a dozen
A Waynesborough man was killed when his single-seat ultralight plane crashed
into a wooded area in Augusta County.
48- year- old William Donaldson crashed yesterday about an hour after he
State police said Federal Aviation Administration officials will investigate
the crash. But the apparent cause was engine failure.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church is no longer
Falwell has quietly tied his 20- thousand- member church in Lynchburg to the
Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the
The link is the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.
Falwell has started sending money to the state group, which contributes to
the national denomination.
The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia was formed last month by
Baptists who contend that the rival Baptist General Association of Virginia is
A woman charged in August with 54 counts of embezzlement made her first
appearance in court.
Jenna Drum, also known as Annie Jane (HOE-bratch) Hobratsch, is accused of
embezzling more than 125 thousand dollars from Groggins Plastics.
She was indicted back in August but was not arrested until Monday.
That's because (HOE-bratch) Hobratsch had been a patient at a mental health
hospital in Petersburg for the past two- and- a half months.
IN Q=She'll be
((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SHE'LL BE EVALUATED
LOCALLY TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT AN INSANITY DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE
SOMETHING THAT SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO, AND WHETHER SHE'S CAPABLE OF STANDING
SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Botetourt Co. Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=standing trial
Branscom says the mental evaluation will be conducted during the coming
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia's state workers may be getting one fewer pay check next year.
Governor George Allen plans to take his case for "lag pay" directly to state
workers in the next two weeks.
IN Q=We met
((WE MET WITH DELEGATE CRANWELL AND OTHER LEADERS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. AND
WE SAID "LET'S TRY TO COME UP WITH SOME CONSENSUS ON THIS ISSUE, SOME WAY THAT
WE CAN FIX IT." THE MEETING WAS NOT NECESSARILY PRODUCTIVE IN THAT THERE WAS
NO CONSENSUS REACHED. SO THE GOVERNOR IS STILL COMMITTED TO MOVING FORWARD
WITH SOME PLAN THAT FIXES THE PROBLEM FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.))
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman;
OUT Q=state employees.
The Governor's "lag pay" scheme would allow actual time worked and sick
leave to show up in paychecks -- as most private sector payrolls operate.
As the General Assembly passed the plan this year, it would mean pay day
would roll forward gradually in 19-97.
State workers would eventually get one fewer paycheck.
A South Boston Plant is closing up shop, leaving close to 100 employees
The company let workers know yesterday morning.
It blames market conditions and higher customer expectations.
Georgia Pacific also attributes the plant's age to its decision.
The South Boston facility was built in 19-60.
IN Q=We are
((MIKE JONES/GEORGIA PACIFIC PLANT MGR.:WE ARE GOING TO REQUIRE THAT, WE HAVE
RETAINED 50- OF OUR HOURLY EMPLOYEES TO HELP PROCESS SOME OF THE REMAINING
INVENTORY THAT WILL INCLUDE SANDING OF OUR BOARD, OUR PRODUCT, AND PACKAGING
AND SHIPPING THAT REMAINING INVENTORY OUT AND TO ASSIST WITH CLOSING,
PERMANENTLY CLOSING, THE FACILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Jones/Georgia Pacific Plant Mgr.; :00
OUT Q=the facility.
The South Boston plant makes particle board for the furniture and industrial
And a Richmond- based retailer is closing its doors after 40 years.
Best Products says the two investor groups who planned to keep some stores
operating have decided otherwise.
After liquidations, the final stores are expected to close in late February.
Best chairman Daniel Levy described the decision as (quote) "the worst downer
that you can ever experience in life."
About 55-hundred jobs will be lost.
Best filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, a little over two years
after emerging from its first bankruptcy reorganization.
A union may be just the cure for nurses from the region's largest health
Union representatives are meeting with nurses from Roanoke Memorial and
They say a major reorganization by the hospital's parent company, the
Carilion Health System, has the nurses worried about patient care.
IN Q=Certain actions
((KATHERINE KANY/AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION: CERTAIN ACTIONS THAT REALLY NEED
TO BE CARRIED OUT BY A REGISTERED NURSE, SOMEBODY WHO'S CAPABLE OF MAKING AN
ASSESSMENT AND FOLLOWING UP ON THE DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE, ARE ACTUALLY BEING
ASSIGNED TO UNLICENSED PEOPLE WHO'VE HAD MINIMAL TRAINING AND WHO REALLY ARE
NOT IN A POSITION TO BE ABLE TO DO THESE KINDS OF THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Katherine Kany/American Nurses Association;
OUT Q=of things.
Officials with Carilion say quality patient care is the number one priority,
and they maintain a union interfering with the delivery of health services is
contrary to the best environment for employees and patients.
One of the largest banks based in our area plans to merge with a competitor
headquartered in northern Virginia.
Premier Bankshares has agreed to join forces with First Virginia Banks in a
stock- swap deal valued at roughly 160- million- dollars.
Premier is based in Bluefield.
It has 36 branches in 12 southwest Virginia counties.
Premier expects the merger with First Virginia will not have a major effect
on its 403 employees.
A spokesperson did not know if it will result in any branch closings.
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So far, so good for the smoking ban at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Management says smokers have complied with the new regulation during this
season's home hockey games.
But they say next week's Garth Brooks concert will be the true test.
IN Q=Of course, we've
((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER ASST. MGR.: OF COURSE, WE'VE GOT TWO DATES
FOR GARTH BROOKS NEXT WEEK, WHICH WE'LL GET A REAL TEST WITH 10- THOUSAND PLUS
PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING EACH NIGHT. SO, THAT'LL HELP US TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO
COPE WITH THE REALLY LARGE CROWD. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Evans/Roanoke Civic Center Asst. Mgr.;
OUT Q=really large crowd
Some smokers say they're being discriminated against and they suggest a
ventilated area inside the civic center for smokers-- but management says that
would be too difficult and costly.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
Frustrated over the pace of contract talks, union workers walk off the job
at two key General Motors plants in Indiana and Wisconsin.
G-M and U-A-W talks are set to resume later today.
Declaring that their party is "committed to full disclosure," Democratic
officials have released a list of pre-election contributions.
And the Yankees' World Series victory was felt in Danville yesterday when
three Atlanta Braves fans made good on a their bet with a disc jockey.
And thats what's making news on this Wednesday October 30th.
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SUPER=314-Partly Sunny/Breezy/73-77/Clear and/Cool/40-44;
More than seven-thousand United Auto Workers at General Motors plants in
Indiana and Wisconsin have walked off the job.
Last night the U-A-W called for the strikes to put pressure on G-M as the
two sides continue contract talks.
Rick Blum reports.
SUPER=03-Janesville, WI; :00
SUPER=01-Terrie Domoe/Worker; :24
SUPER=01-Terry Meyer/Worker; :53
SUPER=01-Rick Blum/Reporting; 1:04 (SU)
OUT Q=Janesville, WI
Trouble on the runway for a Delta jet coming into Atlanta last night.
Flight 1-0-9 coming from Barcelona, Spain blew at least one tire on
A condition known as hot brakes may have caused the blowout.
The plane landed safely and no one was injured.
But passengers had to leave the plane while it was still on the runway, and
that blocked that inbound path for about two hours while the plane was being
A key witness takes the stand today at the O-J Simpson wrongful- death
Now retired detective Tom Lange was one of the lead investigators in the
Brown- Goldman murder investigation.
His partner, Philip Vannater, may also testify.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Yesterday Detective Ron Philips, Mark Fuhrman's former boss, took the stand.
His testimony refutes the criminal defense claim that Fuhrman picked up a
glove at the murder scene then planted it at O-J's estate.
They may still be finding confetti on the streets of New York City this
A seemingly endless flow of paper fell yesterday from windows and rooftops,
as big apple fans saluted their world series champs.
Lee Cowan has more on yesterday's ticker- tape parade.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Torre/Yankees Manager; 1:04
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:19 (no SU)
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The democrats are changing directions and have now released a list of last
minute campaign contributors.
The party chairman said yesterday an earlier refusal to file the list was a
Top Republicans charge the White House has something to hide perhaps
illegal, foreign-linked, campaign contributions.
President Clinton is steering clear of the fund-raising ethics issue.
In Columbus, Ohio yesterday the President turned his attention instead to
hecklers who cheered Dole and Kemp.
Mr. Clinton campaigns today in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Denver and Phoenix.
And after a four day swing through California and a one day stop in
Colorado, Bob Dole heads east today for a campaign appearance in Tennessee.
Jim Gilmore says enforcers of the law should have the same rights as those
who BREAK those law.
The state attorney general was in the Star City yesterday, urging support
for two amendments that'll be on the November fifth ballot.
One is the proposed Commonwealth's Right of Appeal, which would enable
prosecutors or police to appeal cases to the state Supreme Court.
IN Q=If the criminal's
((JIM GILMORE/STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: IF THE CRIMINAL'S CONVICTED, AND HE
APPEALS HIS CASE TO THE INTERMEDIATE APPEALS COURT AND THEY UPHOLD THE VERDICT,
HE HAS THE RIGHTS TO APPEAL HIS CASE TO THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA. BUT WE
DO NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT. ))
OUT Q=do not have that right
Also on the ballot- you'll see the Victim's Bill of Rights.
Gilmore says it would ensure that proper bail is set for criminals.
It would also give victims the right to restitution.
A popular Alleghany County restaurant was gutted by fire yesterday.
The Western Sizzlin' on Valley Ridge Road near Covington, started burning
about 11:30, just before lunch-hour.
Employees say they think it started as a grease fire in the kitchen,
eventually spreading throughout the restaurant.
Everyone got out alright. 35 people used to work here- but they say it was
more than a job.
IN Q=we're like a big
((KAREN GRAHAM/MANAGER; WE'RE LIKE A BIG FAMILY AND WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND
MOST OF US ARE HERE 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 HOURS A WEEK TOGETHER, AND IT'S JUST...
IT'S TOUGH YOU KNOW. IT'S LIKE WE LOST OUR PERSONAL HOME.))
OUT Q=our personal home
Graham says she's just grateful nobody was hurt.
The owner of the building says the damage could approach a half million
If he decides to rebuild, the employees will still be out of work for 3 to 4
Blacksburg police say there may be charges in connection with a brawl at
Virginia Tech two months ago
They say they have enough evidence. Two track team members say some
football players beat them up outside Squires Student Center.
While they accused some football players, neither they nor police have
publicly stated names.
Police say they've questioned about 100 people, and will take the case to a
Montgomery County grand jury next Wednesday.
((LT. BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE: WE'RE GONNA PRESENT THE CASE TO THE
GRAND JURY AND WE EXPECT CERTAIN INDICTMENTS TO COME DOWN. WE'RE NOT IN A
POSITION RIGHT NOW TO TALK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF CHARGES AND WE'RE NOT IN A
POSITION RIGHT NOW TO TALK ABOUT SUSPECTS' NAMES. ))
SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police;
OUT Q=suspects' names.
Bradbery says possible charges could include assault or malicious wounding.
He would not say whether any Tech football players are among the suspects.
A former amateur golf champ will know in December whether she'll spend time
in prison for buying illegal drugs.
45- year- old Penny Stallins pled no contest to charges of possession with
intent to distribute cocaine.
In June, she bought drugs from a police informant... and recently told the
court she had been an addict for 10 years.
Stallins drew local acclaim for winning area golf tournaments... and until
recently, she made her living as a gym teacher in the Salem School System.
She could spend a maximum of 40 years behind bars.
So far, the Roanoke Civic Center's recent smoking ban has not ignited much
Managers say people are abiding by the new regulation, which took effect
They say many are happy the air has been cleared.
IN Q=We've had very little
((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER ASST. MGR.: WE'VE HAD VERY LITTLE COMPLAINTS
ABOUT IT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MOST PEOPLE THAT HAVE COMMENTED HAVE SAID,
"THANKS, WE'RE REALLY GLAD YOU'RE DOING THIS, EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO SMOKE HAVE
SAID, "WE UNDERSTAND, THAT'S COOL." ))
((MIKE NICHOLS/SMOKER: LAST YEAR, THERE WERE A FEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT EVERYONE
GOT A CHANCE, INCLUDING SMOKERS TO FIND THAT HAZE, IF YOU WILL, IN THE
HALLWAYS. AND I JUST THINK IT MAKES CLEANER AIR FOR EVERYONE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Evans/Roanoke Civic Center Asst. Mgr.;
OUT Q=CLEANER AIR FOR EVERYONE
But other smokers say they're being discriminated against because they have
to go outside to light up.
IN Q=I don't think
((STEPHANI REYNOLDS/SMOKER: I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO THE PEOPLE WHO DO
SMOKE. IT'S STILL A RIGHT THAT WE ALL HAVE, AND THEY'RE GOING TO FORCE US TO
COME OUT HERE DURING THE WINDER WHEN IT'S 10 DEGREES OUTSIDE IN THE SNOW, AND I
THINK THEY SHOULD ACCOMMODATE THE PEOPLE WHO DO CHOOSE TO SMOKE. ))
OUT Q=do choose to smoke
Some smokers suggested a ventilated area inside the civic center for
smokers-- but management says that would be too difficult and costly.
The '96 World Series may be over, but a Danville disc jockey who backed the
Yankees is just getting around to collecting on his bet.
For thirty minutes this morning, three Atlanta Braves fans paraded in front
of the Danville Post Office wearing a diaper.
On Friday, the men waged a bet with W-B-T-M disc jockey Alex Vardavas.
Both sides agreed to humiliate themselves in a public place by acknowledging
their team had been whipped.
((BILL GARRETT/ATLANTA BRAVES FAN:ALEX HAS BEEN GREAT, UNFORTUNATELY, WE JUST
ENDED UP ON THE LOSING SIDE INSTEAD OF THE WINNING SIDE BECAUSE WE WERE HOPING
TO GET HIM OUT HERE DOING THIS INSTEAD OF THE THREE OF US. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Garrett/Atlanta Braves Fan; :00
OUT Q=of us.
The men may have lost their pride, but they did profit from the stunt.
Vardavas agreed to pay each one- hundred dollars for going through with it.
In sports last night, Rick Mast was entertaining the Roanoke Valley sports
club at the House That Harveycutter built.
Mast charmed the membership with a number of colorful stories from his racing
He also tabbed Terry Labonte as his pick to hold off Jeff Gordon and Dale
Jarrett to win this year's driving championship.
IN Q="The thing...
((RICK MAST/DRIVER - HOOTERS PONTIAC:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver - Hooters Pontiac; :00
OUT Q=...DRIVING STYLE."
Mast says many of the drivers are not pulling for Gordon because they are
just plain jealous of the 24- year- old phenom.
IN Q="I think...
OUT Q=...A LIVING.