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Almost 200 jobs are lost for now at General Electric in Salem.
It's celebration time at inaugural balls in Washington DCTERMS.
Plus one doctor questions whether it really was a hot tub that caused the
Legionnaires outbreak last fall.
And Robin Reed with your complete forecast. News 7 is next
The swearing in is over- Now come the parties.
The nation's capital is revving up with 15 balls to celebrate the second
inauguration of President Clinton.
The first couple has already begun the rounds- they're schedule isn't over
until 4 o'clock in the morning.
Close to 200 people will be out of work temporarily at General Electric in
Salem. The positions were put on hold today.
Plus this balloon did not make it around the world but it did break some
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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It could have been worse.
That's according to General Electric management and union leaders at the
They say without a production shutdown the past two weeks, another 100
layoffs would have been announced.
That's on top of the 187 positions that were at least temporarily put on
Len Besthoff has more.
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(( Les Brown just started working at the G-E plant in Salem eight months ago.
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((LES BROWN/LAID OFF GE EMPLOYEE: I WAS PUTTING SMALL PART TOGETHER THAT WOULD
GO INTO A LARGER UNIT FOR THE DRIVE SYSTEMS THAT THEY PRODUCE.))
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But starting next week, he's out of a job.
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IN Q=I'm gonna
((BROWN: I'M GONNA BE WORKING TWO JOBS BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH OFF OF
UNEMPLOYMENT TO MAKE ENDS MEET.))
OUT Q=ends meet.
Altogether, 167 employees including Brown received layoff notices; 20 others
volunteered to be laid off, for a total of 187 people.
The cutback was anticipated, the production side of the plant had been
closed for the two weeks prior.
G-E says, "...we have to maintain prices that are competitive with many
world class, low cost producers. We simply can't do that with significantly
more people than are needed to manufacture the orders we have in the factory."
The employees union notes many of those laid off may be back as soon as late
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((RONNIE CARTER/IUE LOCAL 162 VICE PRESIDENT: I JUST DON'T THINK THEY HAVE THE
ORDERS RIGHT NOW, AND HOPEFULLY THEY SAID, THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTER WOULD
BE LOADED DOWN. AND SO WE HOPE THEY'RE TELLING THE TRUTH.))
OUT Q=telling the truth.
Les Brown says G-E remains a good employer, but questions if it could have
done a better job managing the workload.
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((BROWN: THEY SAY THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY WORK FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF
THE YEAR. BUT THE LAST SIX MONTHS, THEY SAY THEY HAVE WORK COMING OUT THEIR
EARS, I THINK THEY COULD HAVE RESCHEDULED SOME OF IT SOMEHOW AND STRETCHED IT
OUT ACROSS THE YEAR WITHOUT LAYING PEOPLE OFF.))
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Brown says in spite of pay well over 10- dollars- an- hour, some of those
laid off are going to think twice about returning.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The Swearing-In is over. The parties have begun.
15 inaugural balls in all- and the President and first lady are making a
stop at almost every one.
Liz Mullen has more from the nation's capital.
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((Fifteen inaugural balls packed into one exhausting day.. but the first family
seems up to it.
The theme of this last inauguration of the century: unity and renewal.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: WHEN LAST WE GATHERED, OUR MARCH TO THIS NEW FUTURE SEEMED
LESS CERTAIN THAN
TODAY. WE VOWED THEN TO SET A CLEAR COURSE, TO RENEW OUR NATION.
Many say that "renewal" has already begun. Amid partisan squabbling on the
hill this inauguration day seemed the perfect opportunity to mend fences. At
a congressional luncheon, house speaker Newt Gingrich presented the President
and the Vice-President with flags flown in their honor over the capitol
VOICE OF SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH
We have our differences, but today you're among friends
and we wish you the best in this new administration.
PRESIDENT CLINTON EMBRACED THAT SPIRIT:
TOMORROW WE START THE WORK BUT TODAY LET'S JUST BE AMERICANS."
The inaugural parade is an American tradition. Today the first family delighted
the crowds by walking part of the way back to the White House.
LIZ MULLEN/CBS NEWS: THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY AND CHELSEA WILL HAVE
MILES TO GO BEFORE TOMORROW, THOUGH. THEY'RE MAKING APPEARANCES AT 15 INAUGURAL
BALLS AND MOST
LIKELY WON'T BE BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE UNTIL FOUR IN THE MORNING ON THE
FIRST DAY OF CLINTON'S NEW TERM.
LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.))
This part of the state was well represented at today's inauguration.
Ellen Qualls and photographer Randy Lynn spent the day in the nation's
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Despite today's warmer temperatures, some school systems are still having
trouble with icy secondary roads. As a result, they're altering schedules for
Jean reads schoolwatch from the screen
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll see how students around the region
recognized Lee-Jackson-King Day,
And we'll tell you why at least one doctor says there may be more behind
last year's fatal outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the New River Valley.
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A controversial new theory in the cause of last fall's Legionnaires
outbreak in the New River Valley--
A national expert says he's not sure it was a hot tub that was the cause.
He told area doctors tonight they need to look deeper to prevent future
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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((After sixteen confirmed cases, including two deaths-- local health
officials were relieved when they found the source of the Legionnaire's
The culprit was said to be a hot tub at the Lowe's Home Improvement store
But Doctor Victor Yu says that theory doesn't float.
He says the Legionella bacteria doesn't just wash away after a suspicious
source is disinfected.
((DR. VICTOR YU/LEGIONELLA EXPERT: THERE'S ANOTHER PICTURE THAT IS YET TO BE
UNRAVELED, AND WE'RE STILL NOT SURE ABOUT THIS AND HOW IT'S SPREAD, NOR ARE
THEY COMPLETELY SURE. THERE ARE STILL SOME QUESTIONS HERE AND THERE. ))
But not in the minds of those who cite D-N-A evidence as confirmation that
it was indeed the hot tub that caused the Legionnaires outbreak.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: CERTAINLY, I DON'T THINK
THERE'S ANY QUESTION THAT OUR EPIDEMIOLOGIC DATA AND STUDY, WHICH IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT PART, SUPPORTS THE HOT TUB. AND OUR D.N.A. EVIDENCE AND BACTERIAL
STUDY ALSO CONFIRMS THAT EVEN FURTHER. ))
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Doctor Hershey says he considers Doctor Yu's ideas "intellectually
stimulating", but doesn't believe they'll have any bearing on the
Doctor Yu, on the other hand, says the physicians must broaden their vision
if they are to prevent future outbreaks.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Blacksburg.))
Phone tips are pouring into the Los Angeles police in the Cosby murder case-
Three hundred in all, since this composite sketch was released over the
But so far no arrests.
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Police also displayed a drawing of a second man they describe as a
possible witness at this time.
The second man was seen in a small blue car near the murder scene.
Investigators are said to be exploring a theory he is an accomplice the getaway
And tonight the Cosby show went on at Bill Cosby's request.
At the end of the broadcast a tribute to Ennis- Cosby's only son.
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The dream of Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior is alive and well in central
and southwestern Virginia.
At Lynchburg College students and faculty joined hands remembering the
slain civil rights leader.
The group marched to the school's bell tower to symbolize his long journey
toward racial equality.
Then it was time for speeches and music.
In Roanoke- local members of the The Southern Christian Leadership Conference
honored Dr. King.
They had a march of their own-- from the Poff Federal Building to St. Paul's
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((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON: SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: THIS YEAR
MORE PEOPLE CAME OUT THEN LAST YEAR TO HONOR DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, BECAUSE
THIS IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT HE FOUNDED IN AUGUST OF 1957 AND THIS IS THE
FIRST YEAR THAT WE HAVE HAD AN S.C.L.C IN THE ROANOKE AREA. ))
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Today's state holiday is officially known as Lee- Jackson- King Day... also
honoring confederate heroes Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Four days after he died unexpectedly, Lynchburg city councilman Junius
Haskins will be laid to rest tomorrow in his hometown.
Haskins died of an apparent heart attack while on a trip to Washington D-C
He and other city officials were there looking for funding to renovate the
city's dilapidated train station, one of Haskins' pet projects.
A memorial service is set for Tuesday afternoon at Diamond Hill Baptist
Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.
City flags are flying at half-staff in Haskins' honor.
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Stay with us, coming up next on the broadcast, we'll find out what some
young people thought of today's inauguration,
and we'll hear from a record setting balloonist as his effort to circle the
globe runs out of gas.
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Inaugural excitement spread across the country today... all the way to a
group of students in Clifton Forge.
As Eric Earnhart tells us these young people are learning where they will
one day fit in the democratic process.
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(( It's becoming a tradition at Clifton Middle School... celebrating the
inauguration of the nation's President.
4 years ago, student's here watched Bill Clinton take his first presidential
oath of office.
Today a new generation watched him begin a second term.
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IN Q=it felt good
((ADAM LOAN/8TH GRADE; IT FELT GOOD KNOWING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKED HIM AND
ALL, IT WAS PRETTY COOL;))
OUT Q=was pretty cool
IN Q=I felt proud of my
((RACHEL GOINGS/7TH GRADE; I FELT PROUD OF MY COUNTRY AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE
THAT HE WAS ELECTED AGAIN.))
OUT Q=elected again
Events like this help the students understand what it's like to participate
in the political process.
They held a mock election last november and the Clinton-Gore ticket won.
IN Q=I'd like to see him
((LEE WILLIAMS, 8TH GRADE; I'D LIKE TO SEE HIM IMPROVE SCHOOLS AND THINGS OF
THAT SORT, ANYTHING TO DO WITH EDUCATION.))
OUT Q=do with education
IN Q=I hope he improves
((KEON HALEY/8TH GRADE; I HOPE HE IMPROVES THE EDUCATION FOR US AND FOR ALL
OUT Q=for all schools
And they'll be watching closely... in less than 4 years, some of these
students will be old enough to vote for President Clinton's replacement.
In Clifton Forge, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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Former major leaguer Curt Flood died last night at the age of 59 after a
battle with throat cancer.
Flood was three time all-star, and 7-time gold glove winner.
But he will always be best remembered as the man who opened the gates for
what we know today as free agency.
The Virginia Tech Hokies bounced back in the win column last night, two days
after getting rocked on their home floor over the weekend.
Last night LaSalle came calling in the Cassell.
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A nice sized Monday night crowd was on hand to try and help the Hokies get
back on track.
Troy Manns gets the defensive board, and quickly gets the ball down court to
Jim Jackson, who makes the acrobatic move for the layin and hits the deck.
LaSalle's Mike Gizzi, then answers that with a baseline fake and drive to
score over Ace Custis as the Explorers led by three at the break.
But Tech would not get crushed on its home floor again. David Jackson drills
the baseline three pointer.
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And Ace Custis would crash the boards and power his way back in for a bucket
as the Hokies beat La Salle 57-to-46.
The Hokies play at Liberty in Vines Center Thursday night.
Speaking of Liberty, the Flames were in action last night in the Vines
Center, playing Big South rival UNC-Greensboro.
Much like Radford did on Saturday, Liberty got on the glass early in this
game as Eric Sorensen gets Peter Aluma's miss and converts the put back to put
Liberty in front.
Then Marcus White would launch one from way behind the arc and hit the bottom
of the basket for a three pointer.
The Spartans did a pretty good job on Aluma, but he is too tough here beating
the triple team for the jumper,
But Larry Gilbert scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead UNCG to the
52-to-46 upset of the Liberty.
The shooting of Derek Bryant, the passing of Nathan Hungate and the
rebounding of Jon Maher added up Roanoke's ODAC win against Randolph Macon
79-61 at the Bast Center in Salem tonight.
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Page Moir and his team; looking to improve to 12 and 1 overall and remain
undefeated in the ODAC,
but the hot Jackets; winners of their last 5, stood in the way.
Roanoke got some strong inside play early as Tim Braun muscles his way in
for the score. The maroons led 18-6 early on.
But the bread and butter of late has been the perimeter marksmanship.
Courtney Fitch finds derek Bryant who nails the trey for 3 of his team high 15.
Hal Nunnally's Jackets scored ONLY 15 first half points.
Mike LeGuardia tried to rally his team, snapping the net with the trey, it was
hardly enough though.
Jon Mayer to Michael Ball for the hoop and harm and Roanoke improves to 7
and OH in the ODAC with the 79-61 win.
In other ODAC news, 5 players from Emory and Henry have quit the team.
According to school sources the players quit because playing basketball at
Emory was no longer fun. Among the 5 was former Floyd County star Jason Light
who was leading the ODAC in scoring and ironically, had scored his one
thousandth point in his last game.
Dennis Rodman still must serve his suspension and undergo counseling, but
last night he tried to make amends with the cameraman he
he intentionally kicked in the groin last Wednesday night.
Eugene Amos, who hasn't worked since the incident and says he's already been
to two doctors, will receive $200 thousand bucks from Rodman to settle the
Rodman still may be charged with fifth degree assault by authorities later
The New York Knicks moved into a first place tie with the Heat in the
Atlantic division today by beating the Bullets 95-to-79.
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My man, Gheorghe Muresan led the Bullets with 13 rebounds, but Patrick Ewing
took his to school on the offensive end. Look at the move that frees up Patrick
for 2 of his game high 22 points.
Point guard Charlie Ward, the former Heisman trophy winner, did a nice job of
feeding Ewing and his other teammates. He had five assists on the day.
Chris Webber did his best to keep Washington close with 17 points. But the
Knicks wins their 13th straight game at home, 95-to-79.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic Division cellar dwellers, the 76ers, lost for the
23rd time in the their last 24 games.
Today they were bagged by the Bucks.
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Rookie Allen Iverson has taken a lot of heat lately for his wild, reckless
and often selfish play. Judge that one for yourself.
Iverson would step outside and hit the three pointer and finish with a game
high 31 points.
But the Big Dog, Glenn Robinson would kill the Sixers with his makes and his
misses. he had 29 points, and when he
missed the hapless Sixers tapped it in for him.
Milwaukee wins it 114-to-104.
Still to come tonight we'll shift from the hardwood
to the hardwater, as the Caps try to continues their turnaround against the
The Washington Capitals continue to move closer to the 500 mark on the
Today they beat the bruins on the road.
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Caps goalie Jim Carey gave up this goal at the 5:29 mark of the first period
to give the Bruins a 1-to-nothing lead. But he then went on to stop 33 shots.
And his teammates got got, after tying the game at 1, watch Joe Juneau put
Washington in front 2-to-1 with the quick wrist shot in the second period.
Then Kelly Miller got the game winner at the 15:41 mark of the second as he
beats Rob Tallas with the put back.
The Caps are now 5-1-and-2 in their last 8 games.
The Atlanta Falcons have hired Dan Reeves as their new head coach.
The former New York Giants and Denver Broncos boss will be introduced at a
And there are also reports last night that former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil
will be named the new coach of the St. Louis Rams today.
He last coached in 1982.
That balloonist attempting to go around the world- today ended the trip in
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It was one week ago that Steve Fossett's journey began in St. Louis.
It was smooth going over the Atlantic-
By the time he reached India, Fossett was short on propane gas and running
((I HAVE LANDED, A BAD LANDING. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FIND ME?))
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The team found Fossett in a tree-
((ACTUALLY I CAME DOWN A COUPLE OF TIMES TO CHECK OUT LANDING SITES AND THEN I
CLIMBED BACK AGAIN.))
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Fossett broke records for the longest distance travelled and staying aloft
longer than any other balloonist.