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Earlier this week they got pink slips. Now some are getting their jobs back.
What's going at GE? We'll have the latest.
A fatal accident during a superbowl half time show rehearsal.
And slick roads make driving treacherous.
Freezing rain for the New River Valley and Highlands should end this
evening, and temperatures will SLOWLY warm overnight.
On Health Check-- more options for the elderly as they age--
Plus, the off-court dilemma of one basketball star-- learning first hand,
the importance of organ donation.
Good news for some General Electric workers in Salem: Fewer layoffs there
than originally planned.
A layoff of hourly workers at the Salem G-E plant has been substantially
The drive systems facility's decreased the number of forced layoffs from 167
to 138, because more production employees have volunteered for a temporary
layoff through March.
And there is more good news.
Of the 138 reductions that go into affect Monday, 56 will be recalled after
just one week.
G-E says it was able to pull in work from schedules later in the year. That
leaves a total of 82 indefinite layoffs.
G-E expects to bring those workers back by late June.
The defense requested a four month delay in the murder trial of Earl
Bramlett- Today their wish was granted.
The trial was to begin NEXT month, but Bramblett's attorneys aren't ready to
defend a case this complex.
It's an entirely circumstantial case... involving arson and the murder of a
family of four.
State and local police spent two years piecing it together.
And the defense needs more time to prepare for the trial.
IN Q=Last time
((EARL BRAMBLETT/CAPITAL MURDER SUSPECT: LAST TIME I WAS IN COURT I DIDN'T HAVE
A CHANCE TO SAY MUCH, BUT I THINK I GOT ACROSS THE IDEA THAT I WAS ANXIOUS TO
GO TO TRIAL. BUT I'M NOT AN IDIOT. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO TRIAL, UNTIL WE'RE
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Capital Murder Suspect;
OUT Q=we're ready.
At the first of the year, Judge Willett ordered a new psychiatric exam for
Bramblett, but it hasn't been done yet.
The trial in June could still be moved OUT of the Roanoke Valley.
Three emergency room nurses who say they were traumatized by a mock hostage
situation are suing Memorial Hospital of Martinsville for 30- million dollars.
Lawyers filed the lawsuit this afternoon almost a year to the day after the
The plaintiffs contend they have suffered severe physical and emotional
injury as a result of the experience... in which masked men took over the
IN Q=It's horrible
SUPER=01-Pete Beller/Plaintiffs' Attorney;
OUT Q=no fault of their own.
The hospital promises a vigorous defense, but attorney Paul Thomson
declined specific comment until he can review the lawsuit.
An accident at rehearsal for Superbowl half time show.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/Last Night;
A woman was killed while practicing a bungee jumping stunt.
43 year old Laura Patterson of Sarasota, Florida died of massive head
injuries after striking her head on the Superdome Floor.
((PAUL TAGLIABUE/NFL COMMISSIONER: MRS. PATTERSON IS A MEMBER OF A PROFESSIONAL
16 MEMBERS BUNGEE JUMPING TEAM.))
(( MEMBERS OF THE TEAM INCLUDED MRS. PATTERSONS HUSBAND AND SISTER WHO WER ALSO
PART OF THE REHEARSAL.))
SUPER=01-Paul Tagliabue/NFL Commissioner; 07
OUT Q=of the rehearsal."
The cause of the accident is under investigation- Halftime show producers
have eliminated the bungee jumping routine from Sunday's event.
Freezing rain made driving treacherous in parts of Southwest Virginia.
This van skidded on ice and overturned on Mount Tabor Road in Montgomery
No one was seriously hurt.
State police have been busy responding to a number of weather- related
accidents throughout the New River Valley.
Many schools sent students home early.
State police urge motorists to use extreme caution, since you may not be
able to see ice on the roads.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
A House of Delegates committee kills bill that would allow public schools
that function like private ones.
and it doesn't have a facility of its own...so now the Franklin County Humane
Society is footing the bill for putting up more than a hundred animals.
Fighting cancer, using aspirin to prevent heart attacks-- and new theories
on polio vaccines in children.
It's all coming up on health chekc.
Plus Patrick is tuning up with the Brass Ensemble.
He'll give us a live preview of tonight's festivities- coming up.
Charter schools. The concept is dead for another year in Virginia.
A bill that kept such schools public, NON-religious, and limited them to two
per school system died on a tie vote today in a House committee in Richmond.
That's after the Virginia N-double-A-C-P blasted the bill by Newport News
Republican Phil Hamilton as a return to the days of segregation.
SOT TAPE ONE 01:06:48
IN Q=We're gonna
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT YOU, HOW YOU VOTE, AND I
PROMISE YOU WE'LL BE THERE DURING YOUR RE-ELECTION. SO IT'S A DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN A PROMISE AND A THREAT.))
SOT 01:17;24 BEGINNING TAPE TWO
IN Q=They have
((DEL. PHIL HAMILTON: THEY HAVE YET TO FIND ANYTHING IN THIS LEGISLATION THAT
RAISES THE CONCERNS THAT THE RHETORIC HAS RAISED.))
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;
SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News; :08
OUT Q=has raised.
Delegate Tommy Baker of Dublin was the lone Republican to defect.
SOT TAPE ONE 01:12:59
IN Q=If we
((DEL. TOMMY BAKER: IF WE BEGIN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE A
LOCAL OPTION, AT SOME POINT, IT HAS TO HAVE A CUMULATIVE ON STATE MONIES GOING
TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT MAY TAKE AWAY FROM OURS, AND I CONTINUE TO HAVE
CONCERNS OVER THE FUNDING.))
OUT Q=the funding.
For two consecutive years, the same House committee has killed charter
schools on the same vote.
They may have won the custody battle... but the Franklin County Humane
Society needs help overcoming the financial burden that comes with yesterday's
More than one hundred animals were taken away from breeder Valery Green.
But because she's filing for an appeal, the Humane Society can't put the
dogs and cats up for adoption.
The organization does NOT have a facility of its own... so the majority of
the animals are being kept at local kennels and veterinarian offices.
Officials say it's getting costly.
IN Q=Right now
((TAMMY JAVIER/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: RIGHT NOW ARE ESTIMATED TOTAL OF
BILLS IS OVER FIVE THOUSAND. WE ESTIMATE THAT TO BE ANYWHERE BETWEEN 15- 20
THOUSAND BY THE TIME THIS CASE IS OVER. ))
SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Franklin Co. Humane Society;
OUT Q=is over
(Hav-e-air) Javier hopes the appeal can be heard sometime next month.
It's looking more and more like the railroads involved in the intense
bidding war for Conrail are approaching some kind of three- way agreement.
Yesterday Conrail and C-S-X agreed to meet with Norfolk Southern to discuss
the competing offers for Conrail.
And a published report today says C-S-X is preparing to offer
significant rail assets in the Northeast to Norfolk Southern.
SOT from common sense #2 01:24:20
IN Q=I think if
((ETHEL NOELL/NS & CSX SHAREHOLDER: I THINK IF CONRAIL AND CSX ALLOW NORFOLK
SOUTHERN SOME OF THAT EASTERN RAIL LINE. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AS TO
HOW MUCH MUCH THE RAIL LINE ACTUALLY DOES BENEFIT.))
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS & CSX Shareholder;
OUT Q=does benefit.
The two Virginia railroads are vying for Conrail.
N-S and C-S-X both employ a large number of people in Virginia and West
A bomb threat forced a Southwest Airlines plane to make an unscheduled
landing in Pensacola, Florida.
A Southwest spokesman says a passenger found an note containing a bomb
threat and gave it to a flight attendant.
((FRANK MILLER/AIRPORT SPOKESMAN: THE PILOT HAD CALLED AND REQUESTED TO DIVERT
TO PENSACOLA. AT THAT TIME WE IMPLEMENTED PROCEDURES TO ROLL THE EMERGENCY
EQUIPMENT AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO RECEIVE PASSENGERS.))
SUPER=01-Frank Miller/Airport Spokesman;
OUT Q=to receive passengers."
Bomb sniffing dogs inspected the airplane and found nothing suspicous.
The 39 passengers and five crew members were en route from New Orleans to
groovy music UNDER
The musical festivities are just about ready to get underway at Roanoke
Patrick has a preview for us.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Roanoke College has assembled an elite group brass musicians and despite the
sloppy weather the show will go on.
Double Boxes=Jean and Patrick/Microwave
Patrick Evans joins us from the campus of Roanoke College with the preview
of this evening's musical festivities.
( ad lib)
SUPER=01-Ken Wilmot/Giannini Brass
health music under
Next on NEWS-7 at Five
In tonight's two minute sport's ticker...the Roanoke Express will try to
break a three game losing streak by knocking off the Raleigh Icecaps.
Plus on Health Check-- the courageous and sad story of Toronto Raptors
forward Carlos Rogers and his family.
The basketball player was ready to give it all up-- if that's what it took
to help his sister-- she had been awaiting a kidney transplant.
IN Q=I love
((I LOVE BASKETBALL BUT THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY
SISTER--NOTHING--I MEAN NOTHING.MY FAMILY HAS ALWAYS BEEN NUMBER ONE
OUT Q=to me.
health bump next
GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
Fighting cancer with a human tissue factor.... using aspirin to prevent
heart attacks... and the latest on polio vaccine recommendations.
These are just some of the top medical issues today.
IN Q=University of Texas
OUT Q=oral vaccine.
University of Texas researchers report in the Journal SCIENCE, that human
tissue factor-- or TF, when placed inside a tumor, makes blood clots that cut
off its blood supply-- in effect giving it a stroke.
In lab mice at least, cancer cells begin to die within 24 hours.
It's not a cure all, but in 40-percent of the test mice, tumors are dead
within two weeks.
More research is needed before human testing can begin-- but when and if it
reaches that point, TF therapy would probably be used to shrink the tumor,
making it safer and easier to remove surgically, or might even allow a smaller
dose of chemotherapy.
We know that aspirin can help prevent a second heart attack-- or may help
when giving during a heart attack or minor stroke.
Now F-D-A advisors say aspirin might also help people who've had bypass
surgery or angioplasty and keep them having an attack also related to stable
The Centers for Disease Control has weighed in on polio vaccinations in
Beginning this month, children should get a shot of killed polio virus
twice by the age of four months-- followed by two oral doses of weakened live
virus between the ages of one and six.
The new regiment will help prevent the rare case of polio that occurs as a
result of the oral vaccine.
GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
The bacon-cheeseburger baron is slowly getting back into the swing of
Dave Thomas, the founder of the Wendy's fast food chain, underwent
quadruple bypass surgery on December 20th.
Since the operation he's been taking it easy in Florida.
Another celebrity of sorts-- a professional basketball player-- was ready
to put his N-B-A career on hold-- even permanently.
Toronto Raptors forward Carlos Rogers was first in line to donate a kidney
to his sister Rene.
He'd been waiting this week, to see if she would be strong enough for the
Word from Detroit this hour is that his sister has died.
But there may be a lesson in Rogers' quickness to give up his kidney--
even if it meant ending his career.
The basketball star was the only one of ten siblings with a compatible
Speaking to reporters before his sister's death-- Rogers explained his
IN Q=One of
((ONE OF MY OLDER BROTHERS HE MADE A STATEMENT SAYING YOU ARE TAKING A CHANCE
WITH YOUR CAREER.MY SISTER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY CAREER
RIGHT NOW BECAUSE ANY MONETARY THINGS CAN BE REPLACED. ONCE MY SISTER IS GONE
SUPER=01-Carlos Rogers/Toronto Raptors; :
OUT Q=she's gone.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome to your weekend everybody, and we begin the Friday two minute ticker
with some ice news.
Tonight at 7:30, the Roanoke Express has a date with the Raleigh Icecaps at
Frank Anzalone's squad will be trying to snap three game losing streak this
They will have to do it without winger Eric Landry who was suspended for
three games today by the ECHL for using excessive force.
And the weather is playing havoc with some high school action tonight.
The Floyd at Glenvar and Martinsville at Fieldale-Collinsville basketball
games are postponed as is the Fieldale-Staunton River volleyball match.
Dealing with adversity is nothing new for the folks down at VMI, as evidenced
earlier this month when the Keydet basketball team lost a couple of key players
But Roy Stanley says "The Never Say Die" attitude is alive and well on the
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Last December; :00
SUPER=03-Johnson City, TN; :17
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :32
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/VMI Point Guard; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((When Keydet head coach Bart Bellairs received the word that Andre Quarles and
his leading scorer Brent Conley were suspended for the year by the school this
was his reaction.
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((Well, the tears have dried and the sleepless nights are over.
Conley and Quarles will return to school when their suspensions are over and
the team has won two of its last three games.))
((The Keydets continue to run their up tempo game. The only change is Former
Martinsville star Maurice Spencer has switched from number two guard to point
((MAURICE SPENCER/VMI POINT GUARD: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
I'll have more sports for your tonight at 6.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
take a break
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
If you find the legal system confusing, you're probably not alone.
double boxes Jean/Keith
But Keith, one area prosecutor wants to change that.
Jean, Carroll County Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad has found a new way
to take government to the people.
Goad has launched "The Commonwealth's Attorney's Report," a bi- monthly
He and his guests spend 15 minutes discussing legal issues, high- profile
murder cases and other topics.
The program started last summer and has recently expanded.
double boxes Jean/Keith
We'll tell you more about it on News-7 at Six.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Have a nice weekend.