A guilty plea in the Ruby Ridge Coverup.
And more than 200 people in our region will lose their jobs as two companies
close their doors.
News 7 at Noon is next, stay with us.
A senior F-B-I official has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice following
the 19-92 Ruby Ridge shootout.
E. Michael Kahoe (KAY'-hoh) admitted today to destroying a review of the
F-B-I's role in the shootings.
The Idaho incident pitted federal agents against a white separatist,
Weaver's wife and son were killed during a nine-day standoff.
More than seven thousand workers at General Motors plants in Wisconsin and
Indiana have put down their tools and picked up their picket signs.
The union blames the walkouts on work rules and health and safety issues.
And a union foreman warns more walkouts could follow, with workers
frustrated over the pace of LOCAL contract talks.
BUTT TOGETHER--7:05;59 AND 7:05:53
((THIS HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NATIONAL TALKS..(BUTT TOGETHER)
WE HAVE LET THE COMPANY KNOW THAT WE'RE PREPARED TO MEET WITH THEM ANYTIME IN
AN ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE THIS DISPUTE. ))
SUPER=01-Ron Gettelfinger/UAW Local 23;
OUT Q=THIS DISPUTE.
The national bargaining resumed today in Detroit after 12 hours of talks
Neither side will say whether any progress was made.
Close to 100 people will lose their jobs now that a South Boston Plant is
closing up shop.
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
Our region will lose at least another 100 jobs now that Best Products 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.
Overall about 55-hundred jobs will be lost.
The company has two stores in or area, one in Roanoke and one in Lynchburg.
A company spokesperson says each store employs about 55 people.
Best filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.
Nurses from the region's largest health care system are looking to unions to
cure their ills.
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.
After months of rest and gathering his strength Russian President Boris
Yeltsin is just about ready for open heart surgery.
That's the word from cardiologist Michael Debakey.
America's pioneering heart specialist has been advising Russian doctors on
the surgery and is getting ready to return to Moscow for more consultations.
Yeltsin will undergo a triple or quadruple bypass.
(( DR. MICHAEL DEBAKEY/HEART SURGEON: "WELL SOMETIME NEXT WEEK, I WOULD
GUESS IT WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK."
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael DeBakey/Heart Surgeon:
OUT Q=of next week.
Debakey says the 65- year- old president could return to work as quickly as
two months after the operation.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church quietly tied his 20-
thousand- member Lynchburg church to the Southern Baptist Convention, the
largest Protestant denomination in the country.
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 pilot from Waynesborough died yesterday 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 say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Blacksburg police say there's enough evidence to seek charges in connection
with a brawl at Virginia Tech two months ago.
Two track team members say some football players beat them up outside Squires
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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The national and local elections are just a week away.
Up next, we'll have the second part of a series on John Warner.
Ellen Qualls examines his voting record.
But first let's check in with Patrick.
music up full
Republicans are keeping the heat on Democrats over their fund-raising
The G-O-P took its case to a
Washington D-C court today, trying to bar the Democratic National Committee
from further spending, until the Democrats file a final, pre-election report.
Top Republicans charge the White House may be hiding illegal campaign
President Clinton, meantime, heads out west today following a concert last
night at Washington's Constitution Hall.
Meantime with election day fast approaching Bob Dole's aides continue to fine
tune his campaign, Sandra Hughes has more on the Republican CHallenger.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :16
SUPER=03-Irvine, CA; :24
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :57
OUT Q=cbs news, Washington;
With less than a week to go the dole campaign's travel schedule
is changing as quickly as it's campaign themes...
yesterday dole aides had said he'd talk about illegal
immigration..but at a hastily put together event in
california...it was all about the economy:
BOB DOLE/ R-PRES.
IN THE LAST FEW DAYS PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND A VOTE FOR BOB
DOLE WILL BE A VOTE FOR A TAX CUT
Despite frantic behavior behind the scenes..bob dole was in
complete control..delivering a calm recitation of his economic
plan, including his idea to cut taxes 15 percent...he criticized
president clinton's plan for targeted tax cuts...and poked fun at
the administration's idea of child tax credits:
BOB DOLE: GOT TO GOT TO COLLEGE GET A B AVERAGE KEEP YOUR ROOM CLEAN, MAYBE
CRAIG LIVINGSTON COMES OVER TO CLEAN YOUR ROOM!
honesty integrity soccer moms for dole!!
In colorado, the stage was set for dole to announce his support
for state ballot measure giving parents more control over their
children's education. borrowing a page from his california
playbook dole attached himself to amendment 17 with a ringing
BOB DOLE/ R-PRES: WE DON'T NEED A VILLAGE FULL OF BUREAUCRATS TO EDUCATE
WITH NEED PARENTS...
Aides say elizabeth dole will be traveling with her husband
through the election..calling her addition a compelling dynamic
today they travel to tennessee, louisiana and florida.
although aides are reluctant to predict what mr. dole will
talk about, they expect he will talk again today about the
economy. sandra hughes, cbs news, washington.))
Warner versus Warner will be decided in just one week.
John Warner faces his toughest opponent yet in Democrat Mark Warner.
Today Ellen Qualls looks at the record and the rhetoric of Virginia's senior
IN Q=If John
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :27
SUPER=03-Reston/October 18; 1:23
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( If John Warner could run on only one issue, he would choose defense --
upon which so many Virginia jobs depend.
sot 11:32:42 tape two
((WE'RE SO FORTUNATE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE'VE HAD FOR GENERATIONS MEN
AND WOMEN WHO WILL PROUDLY DON THE UNIFORM OF OUR COUNTRY TO GO BEYOND OUR
SHORES TO PROTECT US SO THAT WE CAN DEBATE OPENLY THE ISSUES OF TAXES AND
WHATEVER IT IS. AND I'VE BEEN A PART OF THAT TEAM.))
Indeed for two years he has been the second ranking leader of that team in
the Senate -- on the Armed Services Committee -- and makes his desire to
succeed 93- year old chairman Strom Thurmond no secret.
sot tape two 11:35:39
((NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE A NEW CONGRESS. IT WILL BE A DECISION OF THE MEMBERS
OF OUR COMMITTEE AS TO WHO WILL BE THE NEXT CHAIRMAN.))
If Republicans retain control of the Senate, the 69- year old former
part-time hog farmer may be in a better position than ever to bring home the
bacon to Virginia.
sot tape two 11:41:25
((AND THE OTHER 49 STATES, AND THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE SYSTEM, THEY'RE TRYING
NIGHT AND DAY TO GET SOME OF OUR BUSINESS -- BE IT DEFENSE BUSINESS OR OTHER
BUSINESS -- OUT OF VIRGINIA AND INTO THEIR STATES. IF YOU'RE NOT HERE WITH ONE
EYE OPEN AND WATCHING IT, SURE ENOUGH IT'S GONNA LEAVE VIRGINIA.))
He's the second- ranking member of the Committee on Environment and Public
He currently chairs it's Surface Transportation Subcommittee.
From there he helped route Interstate 73 through Roanoke.
He's chairman of Senate Rules-- and as such oversees campaign finance laws.
His critics say he has yet to show leadership in their reform.
sot DEBATE TAPE TWO 13;35:17
((THAT'S SIMPLE ABC POLITICS. YOU COULD NOT ENACT A CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
JUST TWO OR THREE MONTHS BEFORE AN ELECTION.))
In 1995, he finally won a coveted seat on Senate Agriculture.
SOT STANDUP TAPE THREE 13:49:40
((WHEN TRYING TO EVALUATE JOHN WARNER ON THE SCALE FROM LIBERAL TO
CONSERVATIVE, KEEP IN MIND HE SUPPORTED PRESIDENT CLINTON 60-PERCENT OF THE
TIME IN 1994. BUT IN 1995, WHEN HE FACED A CHALLENGE FROM THE RIGHT, HE GOT A
100- PERCENT RATING FROM THE CHRISTIAN COALITION.))
On some of the issues--
Abortion: He has voted for a complete ban.
But wrote in campaign literature: "Creating a 1920's prohibition
situation... will not bring an end to abortion...we must first change public
On affirmative action:
sot 10/18 DEBATE TAPE ONE 13:14:33
((IF IT'S TO STOP QUOTAS, I'M FOR IT.))
But he'd like to see colleges fight to keep minority scholarships, and he
co-sponsored a bill for set-asides for minority defense contractors.
He's fought for the Lake Gaston pipeline -- to the dismay of those in the
Roanoke River Basin.
Environmentalists blast him for putting natural resources on equal footing
with business interests and private property rights.
He supports Governor Allen's refusal to take Goals 2000 education funding.
He's for a balanced budget -- but is holding out on Bob Dole's tax cut plan
to see its effect on the deficit.
In our next profile, the challenger, Mark Warner.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Strong winds knock out power in the midwest,
One of the strongest car-washers ever shows us how to keep your trunk clean.
That and more later in the newscast.
A painting called "Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City," has been added to
the White House permanent collection.
President and Mrs. Clinton unveiled it last night.
It's the first painting by an
African American to be part of the white house artwork.
The artist of the 18-85 oil painting is Henry Ossawa Tanner.
The White House curator says the funds have just become available in the
last few years enabling him to buy the art.
A popular Alleghany County restaurant went up in smoke 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
Thousands of people in northeastern Illinois woke up to no electricity this
Officials say almost 100-thousand people in the Chicago area had their power
knocked out overnight by a windstorm.
Winds reaching up to 60 miles per hour ripped through the city, downing
trees and power lines.
Heavy rains added to the damage.
O'Hare International experienced serious flight delays and cots were
brought out for stranded travellers.
SUPER=330-Clearing/& Cooler/42-46/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/62-66;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/& Cooler/40-44/Mostly/Sunny/58-62;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/& Cooler/40-44/Partly/Sunny/56-60;
SUPER=334-Cooler &/Partly Cloudy/36-40/Mostly Sunny/& Cool/54-58;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 13 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
The N-B-A's 50 best players of all time are announced--
And the Roanoke Express won't put last night's game on their "all-time" best
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
After getting outscored 13-to-2 on the road over the weekend, the Roanoke
Express showed much improvement last night and got everything but a win against
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Stingrays vs. Express; :00
Dave Gagnon was in the net for the Express, while a number of his young fans
were in the stands.
Gagnon played pretty well but this deflected goal by Mark Tardiff on the left
side helped put the Rays in front 2-to-0 after a period.
And although Roanoke came back, the Stingrays are able to win it 3-to-2 in a
The N-B-A regular season tips off this Friday night with 14 opening night
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
But yesterday the league officially began its Golden anniversary.
The league marked the first of a number of 50th birthday celebrations by
naming the 50 greatest players of all-time.
Among those making it, two mighty fine centers from the 60s and 70s.
IN Q="one of the...
((BILL RUSSELL/FORMER CELTICS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Bill Russell/Former Celtics Center; :00
OUT Q=...AUTOGRAPH, HA HA."
Lord Botetourt wrapped up at least a tie for the Blue Ridge District regular
season title last night by beating Northside 49-38.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Vikings vs. Cavaliers; :00
David Wheat had his Lady Cavaliers ready for their visitors from Viking
Marilyn Bussey's troops came out hard. Watch Laura Schimdt grab the
rebound and put back the loose change.
Botetourt's Katrina Elliott got hot for a while. She makes the move and
steps up to nail the jumper from just SUPER=33-Lord
outside the paint.
Elliott would show her defense with the steal and the bucket. The Lady
Cavaliers win by 11 and a win Thursday over Christiansburg wraps up the regular
William Byrd beat Blacksburg 59-41 last night as well.
Down in Covington, The Lady Cougars improved to 9 and OH in the Pioneer by
beating bath County 55-44.
SUPER=03-Covington/Chargers vs. Cougars; :00
Rob Bennett and his Lady Cougars were looking to keep the unbeaten streak
Joann Helton has been the key for the lady Cougars all season long and she
would make a strong showing again last night with 20 points.
Bath County's Katie Hardbarger kept the Lady Chargers
close with her marksmanship but it would not be enough, she had 17 points on
the night for the Lady Chargers.
Covington remains undefeated going into Thursday night's game at Parry
McCluer with the 55-44 win.
It looks like something out of the Flintstones.
This elephant washes cars and can hold up to eight gallons of water in her
She never never forgets to buff the hood and even remembers to clean out the
This strange car wash was the reward for a 500-dollar donation to the Marine
World non-profit foundation.