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One of the areas largest employers could be rolling out of town.
We'll have a live report on Yokohama tire.
Plus some local girls are cheering their way all the way to Florida.
Looks like another cold rain is on the way for Friday evening. Forecast
details coming up.
Studies show weight lifting can make a big difference in the health and
well-being of senior citizens.
On Health Check-- what you need to know about working out.
IN Q=There's no age
((THERE'S NO AGE AT WHICH YOU ARE TOO OLD TO START A REASONABLE EXERCISE
PROGRAM INCLUDING RESISTANCE TRAINING.))
OUT Q=resistance training.
If financial problems don't shape up at Yokohama tire in Salem, company
officials say the plant could be shipping out.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's one of the area's largest employers, but the future of the Yokohama
Tire Plant in Salem is in serious jeopardy.
More than 900 workers could be out of a job unless the company's financial
problems straighten up.
Double Box Jean/Scott
Scott Prince has been following this story... and he now joins us from
outside the plant.
Scott, how do we know this information is true?
Jean, it's all right here in black and white.
This is a copy of a speech by new president (yah-SOO-oh) Yasuo Tominaga
given to the upper management here at the plant.
In it, he details the company's financial woes, and says if the problems are
not fixed in 2 years... the plant will shut down.
IN Q=The transcript reads
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :14
OUT Q=the objectives
(( The transcript reads "Yokohama has already made a capital expenditure to
the tune of 450- million dollars in the U- S market. And the accumulated amount
of red ink up to now is 100 million dollars."
That could ultimately mean the demise of the Salem Plant... because the
company president went on to say.... "If Yokohama Tire fails to return to the
black ink within 2 years, Yokohama Rubber, will be forced away from supporting
the tire operation."
It continues... "If such a situation comes true, all employees are out of a
A Yokohama spokesperson confirmed the statements made by the Yokohama
She says she's confident the company can pull together and meet the
Even though the spokesperson is confident... the man who gave the speech is
not so sure.
Tominaga told the small group... quote, "I am afraid this plan will be short
of the target by my business experience."
Double Box Jean/Scott
Of course Jean if it does fall short, more than 900 employees will likely be
out of work.
General Electric employees will be back on the job Monday.
Company officials said today they're recalling all employees laid off last
More than 180 employees were laid off because of a slow work schedule.
Some of those employees returned to work after only one week off the job.
G-E officials say everyone else-- including those on indefinite and
voluntary layoffs will be returning because the company is getting new
Officials say the work-load increase seems to be happening earlier this
The verdict may be in, but the jury is still out on the total of how much
O.J. Simpson will pay.
The civil trial went into its punitive phase today.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The plaintiff's attorneys say Simpson is worth 16 million dollars, while
Simpson's attorneys say he's actually nine million dollars in debt.
The jury has already found Simpson responsible for the wrongful death of
Ronald Goldman and battery of Nicole Simpson.
Tuesday, it awarded the Goldman family eight and a half million dollars.
Any further punitive damages will go to all the plaintiffs.
President Clinton says his budget proposal eliminates the deficit early in
the new millenium.
But some Republicans say the numbers just don't add up.
The president unveiled his plan this morning by saying this proposal will
wipe out the deficit by 2002.
He says he's proud of the new budget.
IN Q=IT WILL SPUR
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: IT WILL SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROMOTE EDUCATION AND OUR
OTHER PRIORITIES AND ELIMINATE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN
((WE ARE GOING TO PUSH THE ENVELOP AS FAR AS WE CAN TO GET THE KIND OF REFORM
WE CAN GET THAT GIVES PEOPLE MONEY BACK TO THEM AND BEGINS TO HELP SAVE THE
NEXT GENERATION AND HELP FAMILIES TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Rep. John Kasich/(R) Ohio; :12
OUT Q=HELP FAMILIES TODAY
Republicans say the president's plan doesn't balance the budget.
In fact they say it adds six new entitlement programs.
But the two Republican budget leaders say the plan is a start.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight Ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--Governor Allen wins a victory in federal
court concerning special education students.
School spirit runs high in Botetourt County-- but some of will be missing
the next few days-- as a cheerleading squad competes in Florida.
On Health Check-- the latest gene discoveries-- we'll have research into
both Alzheimer's Disease, and a form of Mental Retardation.
Also coming up-- Patrick is at the Transportation Museum...
Stay tuned for his live report and the Two Minute Ticker-- when we come back.
Governor George Allen finally won a round against the federal government.
A federal appeals court in Richmond says Virginia does NOT have to provide
alternative schooling for special education students who are kicked out of
school for misbehaving.
Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore have been fighting the U.S.
Department of Education for two years on the issue.
IN Q=If a youngster
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF A YOUNGSTER HAS A DISABILITY, AND THAT DISABILITY
OCCASSIONS THE DISRUPTIVE OR BAD BEHAVIOR, FINE. WE WANT TO PROVIDE SERVICES.
BUT JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS DYSLEXIA, THAT IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO BEAT UP A
TEACHER, SELL DRUGS, CARRY GUNS TO SCHOOL AND SO FORTH.))
OUT Q=so forth.
In 1994, Virginia risked 50-million dollars to prove its point.
But federal officials ended up NOT withholding that special education money.
In 1994, 126 of Virginia's 128-thousand special education students were
suspended for reasons NOT related to their disability.
Carroll County supervisors have unanimously passed a resolution AGAINST
mixed drink sales at a popular golf club.
The Olde Mill Golf Resort on Groundhog Mountain asked Delegate Chip Woodrum
to introduce legislation permitting it to serve liquor by the drink at its
restaurant and lounge.
County supervisors say it's a local issue that should be handled through a
county referendum, instead of the General Assembly.
((WAYNE BOWMAN/CARROLL CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN: IT'S A RURAL COMMUNITY, MOST PEOPLE
ARE AGAINST THE DRINKING, AND I THINK IF IT WAS PUT TO A VOTE IT WOULD BE
DEFEATED EASILY. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Bowman/Carroll Co. Board Chairman;
OUT Q=be defeated easily.
Olde Mill currently serves beer and wine.
But it's manager says the restaurant has seen numerous customers walk out
and go to Doe Run Lodge in Patrick County, where mixed drinks are sold.
((HAGEN GILES/OLDE MILL GENERAL MANAGER: THIS THING WAS REALLY BORN FROM
CUSTOMER DEMAND. WE CAN'T LOOK AWAY FROM OUR CUSTOMERS, WE'RE IN BUSINESS JUST
LIKE ANYONE ELSE. ))
SUPER=01-Hagen Giles/Olde Mill General Manager;
OUT Q=like anyone else.
The House of Delegates has already passed the measure, it hasn't come before
the Senate, yet.
Lord Botetourt High School's cheerleaders packed their bags and left for
Orlando, Florida this morning.
But it's not an early spring vacation.
They're taking part in the national cheerleading competition, held each
year in the sunshine state.
This is the third year in a row Lord Botetourt has qualified for the
IN Q=Our goal is
((JENNIFER TURNER/LORD BOTETOURT SENIOR: OUR GOAL IS TO JUST DO A LITTLE BIT
BETTER THAN WE DID LAST YEAR-- WE DID GREAT LAST YEAR, BUT YOU ALWAYS RAISE
YOUR STANDARDS EVERY YEAR AND JUST TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME, JUST TO HAVE A
LOT OF FUN. ))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Turner/Lord Botetourt Senior;
OUT Q=a lot of fun
Turner says the squad is pleased with the support it gets from the school
and the community.
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What role did African Americans play in railroad history?
Patrick caught up with an expert-- who's helping two museums observe Black
(patrick ad lib)
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A project sponsored by the Transportation Museum and The Harrison Museum of
African American Culture has brought the nation's foremost authority on the
black American's experience on the rails.
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Patrick Evans has an interview in honor of Black History Month-- with
Doctor Ted Korn-weibel from San Diego State University.
He's visiting schools, and sharing his expertise at an event tonight.
SUPER=01-Ted Kornweibel/Railroad Expert;
out= model train going by.
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Start your engines...another racing season
is about to begin.
Weight lifting-- it's not just for body builders any more.
Just ask this 88-year-old great grandmother...she's been at it for four
IN Q=It's helped
((IT'S HELPED ME TO STAY WELL. I'M NOT GOING TO GO ANY HIGHER OR ANY FASTER AT
MY AGE, BUT TO STAY STEADY, TO STAY WELL. ))
OUT Q=to stay well.
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In a medical detective story, scientists think they may have found another
gene linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers, including experts at Duke University, say there's evidence
that an Alzheimer's susceptibility gene may lurk within what's called
chromosome 12 of the human body.
Other genes have been linked to a small number of cases, but this one
seems to have its peak effect on cases that appear after age 65.
Researchers believe this gene may account for as much as 30 percent of the
four million American Alzheimer's cases.
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have identified a gene that
causes a form of mental retardation, known as Angelman's Syndrome.
The syndrome, which causes moderate to severe mental retardation, an
inability to speak, jerky movements and inappropriate laughter, occurs
in about one in 20-thousand births.
IN Q=The thing
((DR. ARTHUR BEUDET/BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: THE THING THAT'S QUITE
REMARKABLE IS THAT THE CHILDREN ALWAYS INHERIT THE ABNORMAL COPY OF THE GENE
FROM THEIR MOTHER. CHILDREN WHO INHERIT THE ABNORMAL COPY OF THIS SAME REGION
FROM THEIR FATHER HAVE A DIFFERENT MENTAL RETARDATION CONDITION. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Arthur Beudet/Baylor College of Medicine; :
OUT Q=mental retardation condition.
Identifying the gene was the first step-- now researchers will look at how
and why the gene differs from mother and father.
In the future, it could lead to some sort of gene therapy.
Having a miscarriage is a stressful life event.
And now a new study points out just how stressful it can be.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association women who
are at risk for suffering from major depression especially if they don't have
The authors of the study say women should be closely monitored in the
weeks after a miscarriage and those who do become depressed should be referred
to a mental health specialist.
Heart-Score '97 continues through tomorrow.
Many people think of getting fit as aerobic exercise--
But fitness is also about keeping muscles and bones strong.
That's done by weight training-- or more properly, resistance exercise.
And strength doesn't have to fade with age.
IN Q=We now know
((WE NOW KNOW THE BENEFITS OF STRENGTH TRAINING, THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN NOT ONLY
IMPROVE STRENGTH THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE MUSCLE MASS AT A TIME IN ONE'S
LIFE WHEN MOST OF US TEND TO LOSE MUSCLE MASS. ))
SUPER=01-Jeanne Nichols/Fitness Program Director; :04
OUT Q=tend to lose muscle mass.
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Resistance training also increases bone density, which can protect seniors
from fractures and other effects of osteoporosis.
IN Q=We've seen
((JEANNE NICHOLS: WE'VE SEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN BOTH UPPER AND LOWER BODY
STRENGTH. SOMETIMES 250% IMPROVEMENT.
VIRGINIA FLAGG/FITNESS PROGRAM PARTICIPANT: I FEEL A LOT STRONGER IN THE THINGS
I HAVE TO DO AROUND HOME...CARRYING IN BOXES HERE AND THERE.
DR. LEE RICE/SAN DIEGO SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER: WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO
DO FROM A HEALTH STANDPOINT IS TO HAVE STRONG MUSCLES THAT ARE LEAN MUSCLES
THAT ALLOW FULL FLEXIBILITY WHICH DON'T PUT A HEAVY BURDEN ON THE HEART OR THE
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM. ))
SUPER=01-Virginia Flagg/Fitness Program Participant; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Rice/San Diego Sports Medicine Center; :10
OUT Q=cardiovascular system.
Dr. Lee says you're never too old to start.
Ever wondered just why men and women so often disagree over asking
A neurobiologist at Columbia University has an explanation.
She says there are biologically based differences in how men and women
perceive the world around them.
Darcy Kelly says men use angles and distances to keep track of
direction while women use landmarks.
For instance, Kelly says a man might tell you a room is in the
far southwest corner of a building.
While a woman might say-- "go down to the blue water cooler, take a right
and go past the orange bulletin board."
Switching gears now to sports... the Busch clash is just around the corner.
The man who's preparing for his trip to Daytona has the lineup-- here's Mike
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Good evening everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon two minute
There has been a lot of activity at Daytona today as the 14 drivers taking
part in Sunday's Busch Clash got in some practice driving and drawing.
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This morning the drivers drew for starting positions right after breakfast,
and Jeff Gordon picked number 14 which means he will start dead last.
His teammate Terry Labonte drew the pole position for the race, while
defending champ Dale Jarrett will start fourth in the same car he dominated
with last season.
IN Q="Well we've got...
((DALE JARRETT/DEFENDING BUSCH CLASH CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Defending Busch Clash Champion; :00
OUT Q=...out to pasture."
The Clash is divided into two 10 lap segments, and the field is inverted
after the first half.
But Jarrett says that really doesn't effect a driver's strategy.
IN Q=""i WANT TO WIN...
OUT Q=...back them."
Now here's a look at the starting grid for Sunday's race.
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SUPER=0107-1. Terry Labonte//2. Mark Martin//3. Rusty Wallace//4. Dale
Jarrett//5. Bobby Labonte;
SUPER=0107-6. Johnny Benson//7. Ernie Irvan//8. Jeff Burton//9. Dale
Earnhardt//10. Ted Musgrave;
SUPER=0107-11. Ricky Craven//12. Ward Burton//13. Jeremy Mayfield//14. Jeff
OUT Q=...Jeff Gordon
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And don't forget you can watch the CLASH live here on Your Hometown Station
Sunday afternoon at Noon.
The Virginia Tech Hokies women's team is in action tonight at the Cassell
against the ninth ranked Virginia Cavaliers. That game gets underway at 7:30
so there is plenty of time if you want to see it in person.
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If not, the you can watch the UVa men in action tonight at 8, right here on
The cavs are in Atlanta taking on Georgia Tech.
And Ilya Dubkov returned to the Roundhouse this morning.
Steve Mason will have details of the Russian star's return.
And much more coming your way tonight at six, on Roundhouse wrapup.
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Jean will be back with more news right after this.
Take care everybody.
take a break
There's a lot of name-calling going on in San Diego this week.
But no one's offended.
((MY NAME IS LOIS... WILMITT, ILLINOIS))
OUT Q=Wilmitt, Illinois
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
One-hundred four women named Lois...are all part of the Lois club-- in San
Diego for the Lois Convention.
IN Q=the theme
OUT Q=youth of america well.
They say their name was popular in the 1920's and 30's.
And they aren't all women-- a man named Lois lives in Milwaukee...in fact
Milwaukee seems to be the mecca for the 275 member club.
The Lois-es are trying to recruit younger members...
They tell expectant mothers..."if you're pregnant consider the name Lois."
toss to robin
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
A number of people in our area consider themselves victims of a tax scheme.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry is in the newsroom with more.
Jean, it's hard to tellSUPER=@Keith1;
how many people have been affected.
But more than a few say a man from Bedford County convinced them they didn't
have to pay a large part of their federal income taxes.
SOT tape one 14:41:05
IN Q=He took
((DARREL RATCLIFFE: HE TOOK MY TAX PAPERS FOR THE THREE PREVIOUS YEARS AND
TOOK EM TO HIS HOUSE AND THEN BROUGHT BACK THE NEW TAX PAPERS THAT HE FILLED
OUT FOR ME. And said you didn't owe anything or you owed a lot less?
RATCLIFFE: I DIDN'T OWE ANYTHING. THEY OWED ME.))
OUT Q=they owed me.
But that turned out NOT to be the case.
Now the I-R-S is fining them.
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We'll have more on News-7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.