Coming up next on News 7 at 6... a robbery suspect is arrested, after a
hollywood style pursuit from Roanoke to Botetourt County...
And a new Chinese trade agreement could mean more Southside business.
In sports, The Magic beats the Rockets, Illinois upsets Indiana in College
and Deion Sanders and Jerry Jones talk about his return to baseball.
Another mild February day--
How long will these warm temperatures last? The details ahead in the
A Roanoke robbery suspect is still in jail tonight.
He was caught after the alleged victim, a passing motorist, and several
Botetourt County residents went after him.
SOT=it ended when
IN Q=It ended when police
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Robert Black/Va. State Police; :26
OUT Q=charges in Roanoke.
(( It ended when police arrested Timothy Lam of Buchanan.
Lam is charged with stealing 50 dollars from Paul Wright in Roanoke.
Wright jumped in the back of Lam's pickup truck as he drove off and began
yelling for help...
As the truck drove around a ramp on 5-81, Wright either fell or jumped out.
He wasn't hurt, and a motorist picked him up, and continued following Lam's
pickup truck to Spring Hollow Road in Botetourt County.
IN Q=when they got to
((SGT. ROBERT BLACK/VA. STATE POLICE; WHEN THEY GOT ON SPRING HOLLOW ROAD, THE
SUSPECT REALIZED HE WAS BEING FOLLOWED, TURNED AROUND IN A PARKING LOT AND THEN
HIT THE GOOD SAMARITAN'S VEHICLE HEAD ON. AND THEN SHOVED IT BACKWARDS ABOUT 30
OUT Q=about 30 yards
Police still hadn't spotted the suspect, but some Troutville residents had.
IN Q=evidently people
((SGT. ROBERT BLACK/VA. STATE POLICE; EVIDENTLY PEOPLE HAVE SCANNERS OR
WHATEVER, HEARD THIS GOING OVER THE RADIO, THEY WOULD CALL BACK IN AND SAY THEY
JUST WENT NORTH ON ROUTE 11, OR EXACTLY WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS... ))
OUT Q=vehicle was
Lam parked his truck at an acquaintance's house, who agreed to give him a
ride home, but before leaving, told her children to call 911 and give police a
description of the station wagon they would be riding in.
Police spotted that car and Lam was arrested without incident.
He faces felony hit and run charges for ramming the good samaritan's vehicle
with his truck, and robbery charges in Roanoke.))
Lam is being held on a 15- thousand dollar bond.
Sgt. Black says he could face felony attempted manslaughter charges in
It depends on whether the victim jumped, or was thrown from the pickup
Virginia business and labor leaders -- normally at odds -- are calling it a
win- win situation with historical significance.
Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell led a legislative compromise effort today at
the State Capitol.
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.
Cranwell's compromise is all part of a weekend scramble toward Tuesday's
That's when both chambers finish their bills and pass them down the hall for
approval by the other body.
A new trade agreement with China could mean more export business for
southside textile mills.
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.
The chief executive of Norfolk Southern won't give specifics.
But he believes the wheeling and dealing between his railroad and cross-
state rival C-S-X for Conrail 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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Danville's housing situation is gaining some national recognition.
But some city officials aren't sure if its deserved.
and, history usually favors the famous. But a new book about the Great
Depression remembers Virginia's everyday heros.
It certainly didn't feel winterlike on this Groundhog day..
It was another mild day, but not as sunny as yesterday... And no major
weather systems appear to be headed our way.
Although a TROF of low pressure should trigger some rain showers for the
early part of the week, however...
Here's the highs and lows from around the region..
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Often, the lives of ordinary Americans are lost in the history books.
But their stories are the focus of a recent volume about Virginians during
the Great Depression.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell speaks with two University of Virginia scholars about
their book, "Talk about Trouble."
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))
The Perdues were in Roanoke to tape a February 9th appearance on the Public
Television Program Blue Ridge Nightline.
A new housing study casts Danville in a positive light.
Researchers at the University of Michigan rank Danville among the nation's
least segregated cities.
The researchers used 1990- census data to reach their conclusions.
But the researcher's findings don't necessarily ring true in terms of public
City officials say Danville's five public housing communities are largely
But section eight housing vouchers have helped in terms of integrating low
IN Q=The certificate
((ALVIN STEINGOLD/HOUSING AUTHORITY EXEC. DIR.:THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS IN
DANVILLE, AND THERE ARE ABOUT 630- OF THEM, ARE ALMOST EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED
BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE, AND THEY HAVE DISTRIBUTED THEMSELVES, WHEN THEY'RE
FINDING THEMSELVES A PLACE TO LIVE, PRETTY MUCH, EQUALLY IN ALMOST EVERY CENSUS
DISTRICT, CENSUS TRACT, IN THE CITY. ))
SUPER=01-Alvin Steingold/Housing Authority Exec. Dir.; :00
OUT Q=the city.
The study found Gary, Indiana to be the most segregated.
The re- opening of the Star Wars Trilogy is bringing out collectors in full
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.
A Lynchburg and a Roanoke County company both land multi- million- dollar
contracts overseas, and a Botetourt County employer has been sold.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
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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.
Coming up, a new Danville Science Center exhibit explains the operations of
one of the area's largest employers.
and, Punxatawney Phil made his annual appearance this morning.
We'll let you know if he saw his shadow.
A new exhibit at the Danville Science Center provides educational insight
into one of the area's largest employers.
Goodyear Tire in Danville has designed an exhibit for the center.
The display, dubbed "The Amazing World of Rubber" explains how rubber is
produced and its many uses.
IN Q=We felt
((CATHY WRIGHT/GOODYEAR SPOKESPERSON:WE FELT IT WAS AN IMPORTANT WAY FOR US TO
SHOW OUR SUPPORT OF THE SCIENCE CENTER, BEING A NEW ADDITION TO DANVILLE WE
WANTED TO BE SUPPORTIVE, WE ALSO THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO TIE IN WITH
OUR EDUCATION COMMUNITY, TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO GET A HANDS
ON LEARNING ABOUT HOW SCIENCE IS ACTUALLY USED IN OUR WORK PLACE.
GINNY LAUBINGER/SCIENCE CENTER DIRECTOR:A LOT OF THE FOLKS WHO DO VISIT US HAVE
A RELATIVE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, WHO WORK AT GOODYEAR, AND IT'S A WONDERFUL WAY
TO BUILD PRIDE AND I COMMEND GOODYEAR FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE AND ACTUALLY
PUTTING SOMETHING BEING THE COMMUNITY THAT THE COMMUNITY COULD ACTUALLY
SUPER=01-Cathy Wright/Goodyear Spokesperson; :00
SUPER=01-Ginny Laubinger/Science Center Director; :19
OUT Q=actually appreciate.
The display opened to the public yesterday.
And coming up, Illinois upsets Indiana in college basketball the Magic
beats the Rockets.
And Glen Rice scores 40 points to lead the Hornets over the Knicks at
Madison Square Garden.
The Charlotte Hornets put the sting on the Knicks this afternoon beating New
York 99 to 93 and ending the Knicks 15 game win streak at the Garden.
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.
In Orlando, The Magic won their third straight game this afternoon beating
the Houston Rockets 103 to 90.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Rudy T's team fell behind early.
Ronnie Seikly runs the floor and he gets the pass for the easy layup and a
45 to 42 Orlando lead.
Houston came right back hitting the offensive board. Kevin Willis geting
the put back cutting the lead to one.
The Rockets led by three but Penny Hardaway takes it to the hoop for the
score and Orlando went back up by one.
The Magic went on an 8 to nothing run before Hakeem Olajawon hits the spin
move on he baseline cutting the lead to four.
But the Magic pulled away in the SUPER=33-Orlando/103/Houston/90/;
second half Dennis Scott with the three and Orlando beats Houston 103 to 90.
In other N-B-A action this afternoon chicago and Seattle squared off in a
rematch of last years championship game. And Chicago won the game 91 to 84.
Minnesota beat Portland 103 to 102. And Indiana downed New Jersey 92 to
For the first time since 1990, Illinois has beaten Indiana on the Hoosiers
Illinois wins the game this afternoon 78 to 74.
SUPER=03-Bloomington, IN/CBS SPORTS; :
Illinois trailed by 9 in the first half but Kiwane Garris hits this three
pointer to make it 20 to 15.
The Hoosiers worked the inside going to Andrae Patterson who pulls out and
hits the jumper.
But the Illinois would rally and go in at the half leading the Hoosiers by
a score of 37 to 33.
The Lead was as much as 10 but the Hoosiers rallied Charles Miller
getting the alley oop for the slam.
Then with about 10 minutes left in the game Patterson hits the jump hook
and the Hoosiers led by one.
Illinois answered the call Chris SUPER=33-Illinois/78/Indiana/74/;Gandy
with the jumper and Illinois hold on down the stretch to win it 78 to 74.
In other college action this Temple beat 9-th ranked Louisville 67 to 44.
Washington upsets Arizona 92 to 88. And in the A-C-C this afternoon Duke
downed Georgia Tech 70 to 61.
Deion Sanders is supposed to be playing in tonight's Pro Bowl out in Hawaii.
Instead, he spent this week getting his bat and glove out of storage to make
a return to the major leagues later this year.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00
After playing exclusively for the Cowboys last season, Deion is returning to
the Cincinnati Reds, one of four teams he has played for in his Major League
IN Q="This is the only...
((DEION SANDERS/REDS AND COWBOYS STAR:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Reds and Cowboys Star; :00
OUT Q=.. it, also."
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
Security is something the Cowboys thought they had when they signed Deion to
a $35 million dollar contract last year.
But owner Jerry Jones knew this return was a possibility, and although the
baseball season could run into four or five NFL games, he seems satisfied with
IN Q="Deion is...
((JERRY JONES/COWBOYS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Jones/Cowboys Owner; :00
OUT Q=...not surprised."
By the way, Deion is still suffering from blurred vision for the concussion
he suffered in the Carolina game, and that's why he is not playing tonight.
Spring is just around the corner -- that's the word from groundhogs across
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.
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