Coming up on News 7 at 6...
100 workers in Roanoke County get pink slips less than a week before
And we'll tell you how to finish your holiday shopping without leaving your
In sports, The Patriots beat the Giants, the Panthers prepare for their
final regular season game and the Express hosts Raleigh at the Roundhouse
The first day of Winter lived up to its name--
starting with morning lows in the single digits and BELOW.
But the forecast promises a warm- up over the next few days.
Roanoke County's largest employer is cutting back.
Hanover Direct has announced 100 lay-offs, and it appears several hundred
more employees could be getting pink slips soon.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=When David Stanley
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Stanley/Former Hanover Direct Employee; :18
SUPER=01-Brian Duncan/Roanoke Co. Econ. Develop.; :1:08
OUT Q=News 7
((The rumor mill had been grinding away at Hanover Direct for months but
David Stanley says he and other employees just didn't know what to believe.
But yesterday when Stanley arrived for his four o'clock shift company
officials presented him and nearly 100 other workers with lay off slips.
IN Q=it was done
((DAVID STANLEY/FORMER HANOVER DIRECT EMPLOYEE: IT WAS DONE WITHOUT REGARD TO
WORK PERFORMANCE, ATTENDANCE, ATTITUDE OR ANOTHER USUAL FACTORS THAT GO INTO
EVALUATIONS. IT WAS JUST A BLANKET STATEMENT. WE'RE LAYING OFF SECOND
OUT Q=SECOND SHIFT
Stanley says high ranking company officials also told him more layoffs are on
IN Q=he also stated
((HE ALSO STATED THAT 200 PEOPLE WERE LEAVING OUT OF THE TELEMARKETING DIVISION
AND ALSO THEY WERE LOSING THE SHOW PLACE CATALOG WHICH CONSTITUTES
APPROXIMATELY 30-PERCENT OF THE BUSINESS THERE.))
OUT Q=BUSINESS THERE
Sources also say Hanover Direct is moving the telemarketing division to
The catalog retailer has been suffering losses for sometime--more than 51
million dollars in the first nine months of this year.
But it appears Hanover will meet its agreement with Roanoke County.
IN Q=EMPLOYEE WISE
((BRIAN DUNCAN/ROANOKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: EMPLOYEE WISE THEY'RE FINE
AND WITHIN THE STANDARDS. INVESTMENT WISE THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO MEET
THOSE GOALS. IF THEY DON'T THEN THEY UNDERSTAND THE OBLIGATION SET FORTH IN
THE PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT.))
OUT Q= PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
If the agreement isn't met the company will have the option to return the
land or pay the county in lieu of taxes.
County officials will know more about Hanover Direct's future when they meet
with company officials on Monday.
And it's on Monday, that David Stanley and other laid off workers, will be
meeting with the Virginia Employment Commission to discuss their future
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Gretna man found dead in his home earlier this week was a Franklin
County probation and parole officer.
55-year old Bernard Rosser died from blows to the head.
He was found Thursday when authorities went to his house to check on him
after he failed to show up for work.
Authorities say Rosser had more than 30 years experience and spent most of
his career working with juveniles.
An investigation into his death is underway but so far no arrests have been
A Galax man has died in an early morning accident.
Police say 25-year-old Byron Roberts was killed instantly when he lost
control of his truck on route 97 just south of Galax.
He apparently ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed to
the other side of the road and struck a tree.
The truck flipped several times and Roberts was thrown from the vehicle.
The accident happened around midnight.
Former Governor Doug Wilder is criticizing his own party's failure to choose
minorities as candidates for the state's top three offices.
Wilder questioned a unity summit called by likely nominee for governor Don
Beyer, calling it political posturing.
And Wilder says the fact the expected Democratic candidates for Governor,
Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are all white and male could hurt
IN Q=I question it
((DOUG WILDER/(D)FORMER GOVERNOR; I QUESTION IT, AND I THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO
AFFECT TURNOUT, UNLESS THERE ARE REASONS GIVEN AS TO WHY THIS IS THE CASE.))
((DON BEYER/(D)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR;
I WAS PART OF THE TICKET WHEN DOUG WILDER GOT ELECTED GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. HE
SHOULDN'T BE THE LAST PERSON OF COLOR TO BE GOVERNOR OF A STATE IN AMERICA, BUT
I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE MANY QUALIFIED PEOPLE
WE HAVE HAVEN'T DECIDED THAT THIS IS THEIR YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/(D)Former Governor
OUT Q=this is their year
Beyer said sometimes criticism hurts worst when it comes from your own
family, but added you shouldn't run for office if you can't take the heat.
Several environmental groups have launched another effort to stall the Smart
On Friday the Sierra Club, New River Greens and the New River Valley
Environmental Coalition filed a second complaint in federal court.
They want the court to require an environmental impact statement on several
of the road's newly- added features to allow public input.
The groups say the features, such as snow- blowing, communication towers,
and parking lots and trailers for researchers would significantly impact the
A judge threw out the groups' first complaint, which charged that the
highway department's first E-I-S did not comply with federal law.
The environmentalists are appealing that ruling.
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Still to come on News 7,
the extreme cold of the past couple of days is a reminder--
it's time to winterize your home.
There are several steps you can take to save money and protect your investment.
We'll have that story but first let's check in with Kimberly.
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It's is DEFINITELY time to winterize your home as the cold weather
Temperatures started out very chilly this morning and gradually warmed up
into the 20s and 30s.
Let's take a look at some of these bitter cold numbers...
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Old man winter officially arrived today.
But the cold temperatures have been in place for several days.
As the temperatures dip, the heating bills rise.
Heat pumps, storm doors and windows help keep energy costs down.
IN Q=and there are
((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND THERE ARE OTHER THINGS: WRAPPING YOUR
DUCTS SO YOU DON'T HAVE HEAT ESCAPING FROM YOUR DUCT WORK. WRAPPING PIPES
ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE IN COLD OR UNHEATED AREAS. THESE ARE FAIRLY COMMON SENSE
THINGS YOU CAN DO.))
SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=YOU CAN DO
It's at this time of year shoppers hit the hardware stores looking for
solutions to those drafty windows and doors.
Heaters are also a common item on the shopping list, but safety should
always come first.
IN Q=a lot of people
((DOUG BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE: A LOT OF PEOPLE PLUGGING ELECTRIC HEATERS
INTO EXTENSION CORDS. THAT IS A NO NO. AND THEN WITH KEROSENE AND GAS YOU
NEVER LEAVE THOSE BURNING WITH OUT SOMEONE ATTENDING THEM.))
SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Brambleton Hardware;
OUT Q=ATTENDING THEM
Doug Basham says before deciding on which heater to buy you should consider
the room size.
The federal government is being sued by some black farmers who say they were
denied loans because of racial discrimination.
The Franklin County Chapter of the National Black Farmers of America met
last night to discuss the complaints against the U-S-D-A.
One farmer says he's been trying for 15 years to get a loan.
IN Q=Start out I
((THURMAN WITCHER/FRANKLIN CO. FARMER: START OUT I WASN'T QUALIFIED. THEY SAY
RENT. I SAY OK. I RENTED FOR YEARS. ONE YEAR I RENT 140 ACRES OF TOBACCO,
GOT CALLED UP TO DESERT STORM THAT THREW ME BACK. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?))
SUPER=01-Thurman D. Witcher/Franklin Co. Farmer;
OUT Q=have to do?
Wednesday, the Secretary of Agriculture ordered a suspension of government
farm foreclosures across the country pending the outcome of an investigation.
Representatives from Congressman Goodlatte and Senator Robb's office were at
IN Q=I'm here on
((ANNE GEYER/SEN. CHARLES ROBB'S OFFICE: I'M HERE ON HIS BEHALF TO SEE WHAT
THE FARMERS HAVE TO SAY AND WHAT SUGGESTION THEY WOULD HAVE SO WE COULD BE IN
THE PROCESS OF MAKING SOME STRIDES ON THEIR BEHALF.))
SUPER=01-Anne Geyer/Sen. Charles Robb's Office;
OUT Q=on their behalf.
A national forum on the issue will be held early next year.
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, and you don't feel like
braving the mall crowds.
There ARE options.
Like shopping on the Internet.
Len Besthoff explains in part two of his "Cyber Santa" series.
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange; :05
SUPER=01-Bob LeFevr/Computer Owner; :10
SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staples Electronics Expert; :24
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
When it comes to shopping on the Internet, some have done it, others
SOT TAPE THREE 21:45:04
IN Q=I've purchased
((TONY KISER/THE COMPUTER EXCHANGE: I'VE PURCHASED A NUMBER OF THINGS OFF THE
INTERNET, AND I PROBABLY GET SOMETHING A COUPLE OF TIMES A MONTH.))
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange;
OUT Q=a month.
SOT TAPE ONE 17:12:46
((BOB HALSTEAD/COMPUTER OWNER: PROBABLY THE QUESTION OUGHT TO BE WHY I BUY OUT
OF THE CATALOG AND NOT OFF THE INTERNET. AND I CAN'T ANSWER THAT, BUT TO THIS
DATE I HAVEN'T USED THE INTERNET.))
OUT Q=the Internet.
Security still remains a concern for many.
But Dave Dunham at Staples says as long as you're careful, there's not too
much to worry about.
SOT TAPE ONE 15:49:15
IN Q=They do have
((DAVE DUNHAM/STAPLE ELECTRONICS EXPERT: THEY DO HAVE WAYS IN PLACE OF
ENCRYPTING THE TRANSMISSION SO THAT UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE CAN'T GET HOLD OF THAT
INFORMATION. SO I DON'T SEE QUITE THE LEVEL OF CONCERN THAT SOME PEOPLE DO AS
FAR AS ON- LINE SHOPPING.))
SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staple Electronics Expert;
OUT Q=online shopping.
Web browsers like Netscape Navigator hook its users up with a security
measure called a firewall.
It's signified by a key on the bottom of the screen.
SOT TAPE THREE 21:46:07 might be cool to put broken key over some of this
IN Q=If you're using
((TONY KISER/THE COMPUTER EXCHANGE: IF YOU'RE USING A WEB BROWSER LIKE THE
MAJORS OUT THERE, NETSCAPE OR MICROSOFT'S INTERNET EXPLORER, YOU'LL KNOW THAT
YOU'RE ON A FIREWALL BY A BLUE BAR AND A KEY JOINED TOGETHER AS A FULL KEY. IF
YOU DON'T SEE THAT, NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER OVER THE INTERNET,
BECAUSE YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE DOING IT OVER A CELLPHONE, IT'S JUST AS UNSAFE.))
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange;
OUT Q=as unsafe.
Thousands of retailers have on- line pages-- L-L Bean, and Lands End, for
And there are "virtual stores"...places you can only visit on the Internet.
C-D Now sells thousands of music selections.
Amazon- dot- com sells books at a 30- percent discount.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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Whether it's on line or in the malls Christmas shopping gets many people in
credit card trouble.
But there is help available--when we return we'll tell you about
counseling for those who are drowning in debt.
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'Tis the season for cash registers to jingle.
While most people have a grip on their finances, many others
are on a holiday buying spree, and they aren't paying in cash, they're using
That means a credit crisis for some.
SOT Credit Card Bite Field Tape
IN Q=You get carried
((MARSHALL MCMINNIS: YOU GET CARRIED AWAY WITH THEM AND PLUS A LOT OF THE
CREDIT CARD COMPANIES I'VE SEEN YOU GET YOUR CREDIT LIMIT AND THEY'LL BOOST
RIGHT UP THERE TO TRY TO KEEP YOU HOOKED AND SPEND MORE WITH THEM.))
OUT Q=more with them.
But there is help for those in need.
More than half a million people turned to credit counseling last year and
the numbers continue to grow.
On Record tape
IN Q=The economy has
((ED GARRETSON/CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELORS: THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD
THERE HASN'T BEEN MUCH FEAR FOR WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS WHEN PEOPLE FEEL LIKE
SPENDING THEY SPEND.))
SUPER=01-Ed Garretson/Consumer Credit Counseling;
OUT Q=spending they spend.
Credit counselors help people set a budget and help change spending habits.
They also call creditors to arrange a longer schedule to pay back loans.
Some people says it's the creditor's responsibility to educate credit card
On Record tape
IN Q=We're just not
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: WE'RE JUST NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF
GIVING EVERYONE OUT THERE A CREDIT CARD. IF WE HAVE A FIRST TIME BORROWER
WHO'S GOING TO GET ONE OF OUR CREDIT CARDS WE REALLY MAKE IT AN EDUCATIONAL
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager;
OUT Q=educational process.
For more advice on credit card problems tune in to On Record tomorrow
morning at 11 here on W-D-B-J.
It seems some Danville police officers are definitely in the holiday spirit.
About a dozen children paired up with the officers for a shopping spree at
the Danville K-MART last night.
The officers have spent the past few weeks raising money to buy clothes,
shoes and toys for the kids.
For the police, the evening was about more than giving material gifts-- it
was about building trust and friendship.
IN Q=We wanted
((TODD BROWN/FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE PRES.:WE WANTED...NEEDED HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Todd Brown/Local Fraternal Order of Police Pres.
OUT Q=needed help.
This was the first year the department has sponsored a shopping spree-- but
it won't be the last.
Even though it was a lot of work, Brown says the evening went so well,
he's looking forward to next year.
The Christmas spirit was also evident in Halifax County.
Yesterday Sheriff Jeff Oakes and his deputies donated gifts to the local
department of social services.
The agency was running low on funds so social workers contacted the
sheriff's department to see if they'd be willing to help several families.
The deputies raised enough money for a shopping spree to buy stuffed animals
The local Leggett department store also donated gifts.
And coming up, Virginia Tech talks about the Orange Bowl match up with
Nebraska the Panthers are ready to end the regular season on a winning note.
And the New England Patriots come back strong in the second half to beat the
New York Giants.
The New England Patriots came from 22 points down to beat the New York
Giants this afternoon 23 to 22.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC SPORTS; ;
The Giants went in at the half leading 22 to nothing when Jason Seahorn
intercepts this Drew Bledsoe pass and returns it 24 yards for the touchdown to
end the second quarter.
A Patriot field goal made it 22 to 3 then Drew Bledsoe goes to the air and
hits Terry glenn on the 26 yard touchdown pass to make it 22 to 10.
Then in the fourth quarter the special teams came through. Dave Meggett
fields this punt and he returns it 60 yards for the score and the lead was cut
to 22 to 17.
The winning touchdown came with SUPER=30-New England/23/N.Y.
Giants/22/;less than 2 minutes left in the game Bledsoe fires a bullet to Ben
coates and he drags the Giants over the goal line and New England wins it 23 to
In St. Louis this afternoon, the Rams and New Orleans Saints are wrapping
up their seasons.
The N-F-L game is in the fourth quarter and with 11 minutes left New
Orleans led St. Louis 13 to 7.
The Carolina Panthers are already in the playoffs with one game remaining
in the regular season.
Carolina will play Pittsburgh tomorrow in a game that could determine
whether or not the Panthers will host a game in the playoffs.
IN Q="The one
((GERALD WILLIAMS/PANTHER DEFENSIVE END: ))
((KERRY COLLINS/PANTHER QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Gerald Williams/Panther Defensive End; :00
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :10
OUT Q=..........we can."
Many critics around the country have been saying for weeks now that the
Hokies don't deserve to be in the Orange Bowl against Nebraska.
The Hokies believe otherwise, but know they'll have to prove they belong to
silence the skeptics.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
((BILLY CONATY/VA. TECH CENTER:))
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Va. Tech Center; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :22
OUT Q=...HOPEFULLY IT WILL."
On the hardwood this afternoon, The Virginia Cavaliers beat
Maryland-Baltimore County 57 to 34. UVA is now 6 and 2.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/CBS SPORTS; :
At the United Center in Chicago 24-th ranked U-C-L-A took on Illinois.
Illinois was hot early in the first half Matt Hellman's three pointer and
the Bruins trailed 14 to 6.
U-C-L-A's Toby Bailey would rally the Bruins he pulls up and hits the
jumper at the top of the key.
Illinois led at the half thanks to the outside shot Turner nailing this
three pointer for a 7 point lead.
UCLA got close in the second half
SUPER=33-Illinois/79/UCLA/63/;but Illinois upsets the Bruins by a score of 79
The Roanoke Express will be going for their fourth straight win in December
tonight at the Roundhouse.
The Express has a game against the Raleigh Icecaps.
Head coach Frank Anzalone says the Icecaps could be one of the teams the
Express will have to beat for a spot in the playoffs.
IN Q="I would
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q= .......for the playoffs."
Jeff Loder will not be in the lineup tonight he was called up by the
Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League.
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