Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Police in California arrested two suspected bombers and recovered more than
400 sticks of dynamite.
We'll hear the story of unsung heros of the Depression here in Virginia.
And a play at Randolph-Macon college raises questions about sexual
News 7 at 11 is next.
Police in Vallejo, California have arrested two people in connection with
several recent bombings.
SUPER=03-Vallejo, CA/Last Sunday;
Last weekend, a bomb exploded outside a Wells Fargo Bank.
A few days later, another bomb exploded outside the county courthouse.
In related incident, children found dynamite outside a library.
Police won't identify the FIRST suspect they're arrested today, but say they
have good reason to believe he's involved.
IN Q=a vehicle was
(( PAUL SNABEL/ATF AGENT; A VEHICLE WAS LOCATED THAT CONTAINED ABOUT 60 STICKS
OF EXPLOSIVES MATCHING THE EXPLOSIVES THAT WERE RECOVERED AT THE LIBRARY SCENE.
ROBERT NICELLINI/VALLEJO POLICE DEPARTMENT; IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT THIS WAS A
DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO STOP THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM OPERATING IN SALANO
SUPER=01-Paul Snabel/ATF Agent;
SUPER=01-Robert Nicellini/Vallejo Police Department; :12
OUT Q=in Salano County
Just a few minutes ago, CBS news reported the arrest of a second suspect,
and said police have recovered an additional 400 sticks of dynamite.
Investigators are still looking for at least one more suspect.
A Hillsville man is dead this evening following a single car accident in
State Police say 30- year-old Thomas Jefferson Simone (suh-mone) was killed
just before six this evening.
He was heading south on State Route 100 when his car ran off the road, hit a
tree and overturned.
Simone was killed instantly.
Police say excessive speed is probably to blame for the accident.
Big doings at the State Capitol today as the House and Senate race toward a
Tuesday deadline for passing their bills to each other.
Among today's accomplishments, labor unions and business leaders are singing
the praises of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell.
That's after Cranwell led a compromise on jobless benefits.
If the deal holds together
this week in front of the full House of Delegates:
- the Governor would get a modest cut in unemployment taxes on businesses
- labor unions would get a lowering of the threshold at which unemployed
workers can collect jobless benefits
- and Cranwell may finally get carpal tunnel syndrome and job- related
hearing loss written into workers compensation law.
A new trade agreement with China could have a big local impact on Southside
The new textile agreement was signed this morning, a month after the old
U-S trade officials say the agreement is historic, meeting their demands for
greater access to the Chinese market.
How the new agreement will affect plants in our area is still unclear, but
local officials are hopeful it will bring more business their way.
Martinsville Assistant City Manager for Development, Tom Harned (HAR-ned),
says an agreement that promotes export opportunities for textile producers will
benefit the region.
A lot of people are wondering what effect the takeover of Conrail will have
on our area.
The chief executive of Norfolk Southern has an answer.
He said he believes the wheeling and dealing between his railroad and
cross-state rival C-S-X could benefit Roanoke.
N-S has a large portion of its operations in our area, employing more than
35- hundred people.
IN Q=If Norfolk
((DAVID GOODE/NS CEO: IF NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS
TRANSACTION IN A WAY, AS I'M CONFIDENT IT WILL, THAT WILL PRODUCE GROWTH AND
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE COMPANY AS A WHOLE, THAT'S GONNA BE VERY GOOD NEWS FOR
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern C.E.O.;
OUT Q=for Roanoke.
The heads of all three railroads scheduled a meeting this week to discuss
their competing offers and how to resolve the situation.
Both N-S and C-S-X want to acquire Conrail, because of its lucrative routes
in the northeast.
Sexual harassment has been making the headlines for years now.
Cases like Paula Jones' allegations against President Clinton have brought
increased awareness to the issue.
Kimberly McBroom takes a look at a contemporary play at Randolph- Macon
Woman's College which depicts sexual harassment between a professor and
IN Q=A female student
SUPER=01-Tom Stephens/"Oleanna" Director; :28
SUPER=01-Jilletta Davis/"Carol"; 1:01
SUPER=01-John Wade/"John"; 1:21
OUT Q=News 7, Lynchburg
SOT nat sound tape 2
((I HAVE TO PASS THIS CLASS, ETC. ))
A female student, a college professor, and a low grade.
The contemporary play, "Oleanna" portrays a situation that can occur on
It was written in 1992, shortly after the Clarence Thomas-- Anita Hill
But the director of Randolph- Macon's production says the play is more
about perception than politics.
SOT tape 1 10:17:54
((TOM STEPHENS/"OLEANNA" DIRECTOR: I SUPPOSE POLITICAL TO THE EXTENT THAT
HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS ARE POLITICAL. FINALLY, THE WHOLE PLAY IS ABOUT
RELATIONSHIPS AND WHO WE TRUST AND WHO WE DON'T TRUST. ))
SOT more nat sound of intense scene
Standup here-- tape 2
The actors say "Oleanna" reflects modern society's increased sensitivity
to sexual harassment.
But don't expect any clear- cut answers as to who's right and who's wrong.
SOT TAPE 1 10:48:32
((JILLETTA DAVIS/"CAROL": SHE TAKES IT AS SEXUAL HARASSMENT. HE NEVER MEANT IT
THAT WAY. BUT IT HAS TO BE IN THE OPINION OF THE PERSON WHO'S GETTING IT.
BECAUSE NOBODY ELSE CAN KNOW WHAT IS TOO PERSONAL FOR YOU. ))
SOT TAPE 1 10:27:11
((JOHN WADE/"JOHN": WE'RE LIVING IN A TIME-- IT'S RATHER FRIGHTENING THAT WE
CAN'T EXPRESS OUR EMOTIONS BY TOUCHING OR HUGGING AND I THINK IT'S A REAL
STATEMENT ON OUR SOCIETY. ))
Meanwhile Oleanna's title is a bit of an enigma-- which seems suitable for
a play that invokes more questions than answers.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
More than one thousand personal histories of Virginians were tucked away in
the State Archives. But now, a new book is bringing some of those stories to
And, Russian leader Boris Yeltsin is back on the job.
An uneventful day today in the weather office-- cloudy skies and very light
The quiet weather scenario will end late Tomorrow night into Tuesday
morning, as a system forming over Texas brings some gulf moisture our way.
Until then cloudy skies seem to be the rule.
Here's the day's High and low temperatures...
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
Boris Yeltsin is working again after recovering from heart bypass surgery
This weekend he held his first meeting with another head of state since he
was hospitalized last month.
In the meeting with French President Jacques Chirac, Yeltsin appeared
thinner then his last public appearance...
But Chirac said he was impressed with Yeltsin's recovery, saying he "was the
same as always".
In Northern Ireland today, thousands of demonstrators marched to remember
the 25th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday".
VO-NAT 3:00 15:09:14
25 years ago, British paratroopers shot and killed more than a dozen
Catholics during a demonstration in Londonderry.
The army said the troops came under fire and defended themselves, but
families of the victims say they were unarmed.
Some are calling for a new investigation, after recent claims that some
victims were shot from above, by troops stationed on the city walls.
For more than fifty years, the personal histories of 13- hundred Virginians
lay forgotten in the State Archives.
But late last year, the stories of 61 men and women who lived through the
Great Depression were published in the book, "Talk About Trouble."
Tonight, Joe Dashiell talks with the editors.
IN Q=The photographs alone provide
SUPER=01-Charles Perdue/UVA Professor; :23
SUPER=01-Nancy Martin-Perdue/UVA Scholar-in-Residence; :54
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Photographs provide a striking portrait of Virginians during the Great
Depression and in the years leading up to the Second World War.
A farmer plowing his field in Roanoke County, a member of a tank crew
training at Fort Belvoir, children reciting the pledge of allegiance in a
But in the book "Talk About Trouble," the STORIES of ordinary Virginians,
both black and white, take center stage.
IN Q=I like the stories
((CHARLES PERDUE: I LIKE STORIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE AND THE HARD TIMES THAT MANY
OF THEM HAD AND THE ULTIMATE FACT THAT MOST OF THEM SURVIVED THOSE HARD TIMES.
THEY FOUND A WAY OUT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. THEY GOT HUNGRY FOR A TIME, BUT THEY
EVENTUALLY MADE IT.))
OUT Q=eventually made it
Charles Perdue and Nancy Martin- Perdue stumbled on more than 13- hundred
life histories while they were searching the Virginia State Archives for
interviews with ex- slaves.
The narratives were written by fieldworkers of the Virginia Writers
Project between 1938 and 1941 and largely forgotten after that.
IN Q=It sounds romantic
((NANCY MARTIN-PERDUE: IT SOUNDS ROMANTIC TO TALK ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF PEOPLE
WHO ARE POOR AND BARELY SURVIVING BUT THERE IS A TRUTH THERE. THESE PEOPLE ARE
SURVIVING WITH A KIND OF GRACE AND I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT LESSON TO
OUT Q=important lesson to know.
An important lesson, Martin- Perdue believes, when the social programs
that grew out of the depression are increasingly under attack.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Leggett stores get a new owner and a new name. And two area companies land
multi-million dollar contracts.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Wednesday; 1:00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; 1:40
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
It was the sign of the times at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke this week.
After purchasing of the longstanding Leggett chain, Charlotte based Belk has
put its mark on its newest acquisition.
Lynchburg leaders got an update on the new 150- million- dollar Frito Lay
facility under construction.
Delays have pushed back the hiring of 800 people about six months, the first
chips should be rolling out by next summer.
A day later the Governor visited the Hill City to announce Ericsson
Incorporated landed a 33- million- dollar deal to build a radio dispatching
system for the South Korean National Police.
The contract is not expected to increase its 28- hundred member workforce
I-T-T in Roanoke County also won a big international contract.
Switzerland will pay it 26- million- dollars over the next five years to
supply night vision equipment for its armed forces.
A-O Smith sold its automotive division, including its new plant in Botetourt
The company expects the sale will be reasonably transparent for its 55
The Kroger supermarket chain is expanding its regional warehouse in Roanoke
The move will create 125 new jobs.
The three railroads involved in the bidding war for Conrail met Friday in an
attempt to resolve their differences.
The one thing Norfolk Southern, C-S-X and Conrail did agree on is to release
no details of this get- together or any subsequent ones.
Checking the financial markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 117
points for the week, the Nasdaq composite rose 16 points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, groundhogs across the country made their annual weather
prediction this morning.
You'll probably like their forecast.
and the re-release of Star Wars is creating quite a stir with collectors as
well as moviegoers.
MUSIC UP FULL
Our mail this week featured some comments on a story about some computer
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=The story was
SUPER=04-January 22; :00
OUT Q=McKean, News7.
(( The story was Joe Dashiell's profile of the Elfun Society, the retired
General Electric engineers who refurbish used computers, and donate them to
The group's leader said: "The planning, programming, and editing of the
story (resulted) in complete, accurate and we believe both a newsworthy (story)
and a community service production."
"The story has been helpful to us already. We have received a number of
calls for computers for schools, as far away as Christiansburg, and a number of
donors offering computer equipment. Perhaps the most pivotal benefit is the
acceptance and help we have received in our efforts to find a new home...We
have to leave GE to make room for new jobs, no problem. From the response we
have already received, it looks like we will be re-located soon in very
News 7 welcomes comments on our news coverage, and topics in the news.
Send your letter, including name, address, and a phone number, to News7
Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, VA, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And you may send E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News 7.))
The word is in from groundhogs across the country -- spring will be here
before you know it.
Groundhog guru Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning.
Organizers say today marks only the twelfth time in one-hundred-eleven years
that this has happened.
As legend has it, if the groundhog sees his shadow, six more weeks of
winter lay ahead.
So, according to Phil, spring will be here soon.
GRAPHIC=BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
The number of inductees in the Salem-Roanoke Valley baseball hall of fame has
now reached 29.
Mike Stevens has a look at the five latest individuals to earn a spot from
the 6th annual induction ceremonies.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/Hot Stove Banquet; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Ott/Hit .304 For Salem In 1972; :15
SUPER=03-Salem/1987 Carolina League Finals; :28
SUPER=01-Steve Demeter/280 Wins As Salem Manager; :38
SUPER=01-Shannon Hardwick/Appy League Star From 1946-51; 1:05
SUPER=01-Alvin Hall/Hall of Fame Inductee; 1:24
SUPER=01-Posey Oyler/Hall of Fame Inductee; 1:35
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The N-F-L season officially ended tonight in Hawaii as the N-F-C and A-F-C
matched up in the pro bowl.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
Leading 3 to nothing Brett Favre hooks up with Minnesota lineman Reggie
McDaniel on the short touchdown pass and the N-F-C led 9 to nothing in the
The A-F-C got on the board after an interception Carry Blanchard booting
SUPER=30-NFC/23/AFC/23/;this field goal in the second quarter and the game
was tied 23 to 23 with 44 seconds left.
But the big winner tonight was Lance Alstodt. At halftime of the game
Alstodt booted this 35 yard field goal to win 1 million dollars from Hershey.
Alstodt is a banker.
And coming up, The Bulls and Hornets win on the hardwood this afternoon.
And Mark O'Meara takes home another Pebble Beach Pro Am paycheck.
GRAPHIC=PGA TOUR LOGO
For the fifth time since 1985, Mark O'Meara has won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
O'Meara hit back to back birdies near the end of the round to hold off
SUPER=03-Pebble Beach, CA/CBS SPORTS; ;
Woods moved into contention with a string of birdies to end his round.
He birdied 16, 17, and he was on the green in two at the 18-th hole that birdie
gave him a round of 64 8 under par.
But O'Meara, playing one hole behind Woods, made this birdie from the
rough at the 16-th hole to maintain a one stroke lead. He also birdied 17 and
finished the day at 268, 20 under par for a one shot win.
IN Q="I felt...
((MARK O'MEARA/1997 PEBBLE BEACH PRO AM CHAMP: ))
SUPER=01-Mark O'Meara/1997 Pebble Beach Pro Am Champ; :
OUT Q=.....1997 champion."
Third round leader David Duval birdied 18 to tie Woods for second place.
The result was the same as the Chicago Bulls and Seattle Supersonics met for
the first time since last years championship series.
Michael Jordan scored 45 points as the Bulls beat the Sonics 91 to 84.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/NBC SPORTS; :
The Sonics cut a 19 point second quarter lead to one early in the third
quarter Shawn Kemp going in for the alley oop to make it 74 to 66.
Then Jordon took over in the fourth quarter on this play he pulls up and
hits the jumper and the Bulls led by 15.
Jordan hit 19 of his 28 shots in SUPER=32-Chicago/91/Seattle/84;his
third highest scoring game of the season and the Bulls cruise to the 91 to 84
Glen Rice hit the 40 point level for the third time in seven games to lead
the Charlotte Hornets over the New York Knicks this afternoon 99 to 93 ending
the Knicks 15 game home win streak.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/NBC SPORTS; :
Spike Lee in his regular courtside seat at the Garden.
Charlotte's Mugsy Bogues throws it inside for the easy layup and the
Hornets took the lead in the first quarter.
New York gets it back Allen Houston finds the open shot and scores at the
Buzzer to end the first quarter.
Glen Rice finds the screen and he pulls up and hits the basket for two of
his 40 points on the day.
The Knicks come right back John Starks steps outside the line and hits the
three pointer from the side of the key.
Rice reached the 40 point level for SUPER=32-Charlotte/99/New York/93/;the
third time in seven games as the Hornets beat the New York Knicks 99 to 93.
There's a three way tie for the second place in the Atlantic Coast
Duke's Trajan Langdon scored 17 points as the 12-th ranked Blue Devils beat
Georgia Tech 70 to 61.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/ABC SPORTS; :
The Blue Devils join fifth ranked Maryland and 7-th ranked Clemson behind
Wake Forest in the standings.
Duke coming out with the power game Greg Newton takes it inside for the
jam and a 2 point lead.
The Blue Devils mixed it up this time Jeff Capel pulls up and hits the
three pointer early in the fourth quarter.
Georgia Tech fell behind but Gary Saunders takes it to the hoop for the
layup the Yellow Jackets trailed by 9.
Langdon then gets the ball behind SUPER=33-Duke/70/Georgia Tech/61/;the
line and nails the three pointer Duke led by 12 and the Blue Devils win it 70
In other college action this afternoon, Washington upset 10-th ranked
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/ABC SPORTS; :
And in Philadelphia John Chaney's Temple Owls took on 9-th ranked
Temple turned a 7 point halftime lead into 11 in the second half and held
on to beat the Cardinals.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Rand.-Macon/85//Emory & Henry/70///;
OUT Q=....last score."
Moviegoers aren't the only people excited about the re-release of the Star
The movie is also bringing out collectors in full force.
The hottest selling merchandise is the action figures.
The collectibles are those that have misprints or minor changes in the
overall figure or the packaging is a different color than others.
IN Q=The first series
((TERRY STEVENS/PLUS COMICS: THE FIRST SERIES LINE OF LIFESAVERS ABOUT THREE
AND THREE QUARTER INCHES LONG. THE NEW ONES ARE A HALF INCH SHORTER. THE OLD
ONES ARE GOING FOR ABOUT 20 DOLLARS BECAUSE OF THAT LONGER LIFESAVER. WELL
KENNER MADE THEM SHORTER BECAUSE HE FELT IT FIT THE BODY AND PACKAGE
BETTER...AGAIN THAT ADDS TO THE COLLECTIBLE OF IT. THE SECONDARY MARKET DRIVES
THE PRICES UP ON THEM BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FIND THEM NOW.
SUPER=00-Terry Stevens/Plus Comics; :14
OUT Q=find them now.
The prices of the action figures vary from five dollars, up to 50 dollars.