A word from Danville National Guard members in Bosnia helping police the
And some big economic news for the Roanoke Valley in the wake of Innotech's
union with Johnson and Johnson.
Some fast- moving clouds are keeping temperatures a bit cooler than
expected on this St. Patrick's Day.
Meanwhile, showers re- enter the forecast by tomorrow.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Last month a high tech Roanoke firm unveiled plans to merge with a fortune
500 company and today Innotech followed up by announcing plans to hire an
additional 400 employees.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff is live down at city hall where the news conference is just
So Len, is there a connection between this announcement and Innotech's
pending merger with johnson and Johnson?
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(Rollcue:what we know right now.)
Innotech's existing facility...
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
( So this confirms what Innotech said about a year ago?
What kind of pay will these jobs have?
When's the job completion date?)
Their mission is one of peace... but for the dozens of local soldiers now
stationed in Bosnia, their first GOAL is to get acclimated to their new
Forty- six members of a Virginia National Guard unit from Danville arrived
in the war torn country a few days ago.
Most have been pleasantly surprised by the LACK of violence they've seen.
IN Q=I'd prefer
((STAFF SERGEANT FRANKIE HUDGINS/VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD: I'D PREFER TO BE BACK
HOME, BUT WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. EVERYTHING IS PRETTY
PEACEFUL OVER HERE RIGHT NOW. WE SEEM TO BE DOING A GOOD JOB. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((SERGEANT CHRIS BENNETT/VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD: WE ALL MISS OUR FAMILIES.
THAT'S THE HARDEST THING. IT'S REALLY SHOCKING TO GET OVER HERE AND SEE ALL OF
THE CONSTRUCTION AND EVERYTHING. WE'RE HOPING IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO REACH A
SUPER=01-Frankie Hudgins/Virginia National Guard;
SUPER=01-Chris Bennett/Virginia National Guard; :15
OUT Q=a settlement
The local guardsmen could be stationed in Bosnia for as many as nine months.
A man apparently threatening suicide chained himself to a bench outside the
Poff Federal Building this morning.
Federal Marshalls first noticed the man, smoking a cigarette, and holding a
jug of what he said was gasoline.
While an ambulance and fire truck waited out of site, police negotiated with
Officials did not release the man's name, but said he was on federal
After about 30 minutes, the man's probation officer talked him into
unlocking the chain.
He put the chain and the jug of liquid into the back of a pickup truck and
was escorted into the building.
A domestic dispute outside a Campbell County business Saturday turned
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Saturday Night;
The sheriff's department says 30- year- old Jennifer Susannah White of
Forest, had apparently been fighting with her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot
of C.T. Town and Country.
Witnesses say she was trying to get away when John Richard Mustain shot her
once in the chest with a 38 caliber handgun.
Mustain then fled the scene.
IN Q=THE VEHICLE
((SGT. JOHN RIEGER/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE VEHICLE WAS SEEN BY AN
ALTAVISTA PATROLMAN AND PULLED OVER IN THE ALTAVISTA AREA OF THE COUNTY. ONCE
THE OFFICER APPROACHED THE VEHICLE THE SUBJECT INSIDE THE VEHICLE SHOT HIMSELF
SUPER=01-John Rieger/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=SHOT HIMSELF ALSO
Police pulled Matrin over on Route 43 near Altavista.
Both he and White were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital where they
The bodies will be brought to Roanoke this week for autopsies.
A head-on collision in Bedford County Saturday claimed three lives.
One of the three casualties was a long time Roanoke County educator.
Police say 52- year- old James "Monty" Johnson of Vinton died yesterday
Johnson was the principal at Arnold R. Burton Vocational and Technical
Friends say the community has lost a dedicated educator who worked to help
all his students succeed.
IN Q=they knew he
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY KNEW HE WAS VERY
INTERESTED IN THEM AND INTERESTED THAT THEY ACHIEVE HIGH STANDARDS AND BECOME
VERY PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE AND MANY OF THEM OF COURSE WENT ON TO
COLLEGE SO HE WAS MR. J TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=MR. J TO THEM.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Saturday Night;
State police say Johnson was driving north on Route 43, when he swerved to
miss a car parked on the shoulder of the road.
His car then went airborne.
It landed in the opposite lane hitting a station wagon.
79- year- old Jesse Willard Goad and 68- year- old Katie Lee Goad, both of
Bedford County, died at the scene.
Fire consumed a Roanoke family's home yesterday.
David and Darlene Francisco were both at work when the fire began.
The blaze had a big jump on fire fighters.
Officials say flames were shooting out from the living room when they
arrived at the home on Carvins Cove Road.
IN Q=SHE CAME HOME
((DONALD GILLISPIE/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: SHE CAME HOME FROM WORK AND
FOUND SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE. ABOUT THE SAME TIME A NEIGHBOR OBSERVED
SMOKE AND HEARD SOME POPPING AND GLASS BREAKING AND THEY IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE
SUPER=01-Donald Gillispie/Roanoke Co. Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
The family dog did not survive the fire.
Officials are investigating the blaze and would not speculate on the cause.
President Clinton is back at work, but is spending the day in the White
House residence instead of the Oval office.
Mr. Clinton arrived at the White House yesterday, less than 48 hours after
On Friday doctors repaired a torn tendon in his right leg.
((QUESTION: SIR, DOES IT HURT EVERY TIME YOU MOVE?
QUESTION: IT DOESN'T?
CLINTON: NO. YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO USE A FEW DIFFERENT MUSCLES. BUT
IT'S QUITE INTERESTING. I MEAN, IT WILL BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE. IT'S LIKE
GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARNING SOME NEW THINGS. ))
OUT Q=learning new things.
Despite the knee problems Mr. Clinton meets today with Russia's foreign
minister to prepare for this week's summit in Finland with Russian President
Big changes at the top could be in store for the Internal Revenue Service.
"The Washington Post" reports the White House is set to outline plans today
for a restructuring of the agency.
The aim is to head off years of criticism that the I-R-S is mismanaged,
mistreats taxpayers and allows hundreds of millions of dollars to go
Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers says the I-R-S must be more
responsive to taxpayers.
Britain is gearing up for new national elections.
Prime Minister John Major announced today that an election will be held May
And he says he thinks his Conservative party will win.
The Conservatives have been in power for 18 years, but they are far behind
the Labor party in recent opinion polls.
The six weeks of campaigning is likely to include the first broadcast
debates between leaders of the major parties.
Two people are dead and two others missing after a gas bomb attack on a
The bar was popular with North
African immigrants and was part of a residential block.
Police say it was a deliberate attack.
Eight people were detained for questioning.
No one was charged.
Firemen also had to rescue a mother and her four children from the roof of
the burning building.
The Italian Coast Guard today was still being called on to rescue and escort
fishing boats and other vessels packed with refugees from Albania.
In recent days, an estimated 45-hundred Albanians have arrived in Italy,
fleeing the anarchy and mob- rule in many Albanian towns.
Meantime, the anti-government unrest in Albania appears to be subsiding.
Optical Cable is looking for more than its local renown.
The Roanoke County company is working to get more national exposure.
That's what its C-E-O told shareholders at the company's first annual
meeting this week.
IN Q=We put
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE CEO: WE PUT IN PLACE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE
FINANCIAL RELATIONS BOARD WHICH IS KIND OF LIKE AN INVESTOR RELATIONS GROUP OUT
OF NEW YORK TO CONTACT A LOT OF THE REAL DIFFERENT STOCK BROKERS AROUND THE
COUNTRY AND VARIOUS SMALL AND MICRO CAP FUNDS AND MONEY MANAGERS THAT WOULD BE
INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNICATION AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable CEO;
OUT Q=communication areas.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Since it began selling its stock to the public last year, Optical Cable has
had a strong, albeit volatile climb.
The company believes that if more people know about its success story, its
stock price will continue to rise.
And increased publicity will also put the stock in the hands of more people,
which Optical Cable hopes will prevent shares from having such large price
A company with a large presence in our area started selling its stock to the
public this week.
Pluma Incorporated, which is based in Eden, North Carolina, began trading on
the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.
The activewear company has plants and outlet stores in Altavista, Chatham,
Martinsville, Rocky Mount, and Vesta.
Data from American Business Information indicates Pluma has well over 600
employees at those operations.
A researcher who helped get air bags
into cars apparently has had a change of heart.
"U-S-A Today" quotes John Graham as saying passenger- side air bags don't
save enough lives to justify their risk and cost.
Graham is expected to go over his findings Wednesday as part of
a four-day federal hearing on air bags that begins today.
Air bags have been blamed for the deaths of more than 60 children and small
adults in low-speed accidents.
The government has moved to make the bags less lethal, allowing automakers to
reduce the forceful punch of an air bag by up to 35 percent.
The Roanoke group People Uniting Against Racism wants to recognize positive
developments in the community.
Each year the group honors a business that members feel promotes unity.
This year W-S-L-C/W-S-L-Q Radio received the award for the stations effort
to publicize community events that promote the end of racism.
IN Q=BROADCASTING, RADIO
((HERM REAVIS/WSLC-WSLQ EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: BROADCASTING, RADIO AND
TELEVISION, NEEDS TO DO WHAT EVER WE CAN TO HELP THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.
SPREAD THE WORD THE BEST WE CAN AND TRY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Herm Reavis/WSLC-WSLQ Executive VP;
OUT Q=BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
Members of the group say bringing people together is the purpose behind
During their bi-monthly meeting members talk about current events and how
racism has effected their lives.
IN Q=IT'S NOT THAT
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/PEOPLE UNITED AGAINST RACISM: IT'S NOT THAT EASY TO HATE
WHITES WHEN YOU SEE MARY AND TOM AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME VOLUNTARILY
TOGETHER AND IT'S HARDER TO HATE BLACKS WHEN YOU'VE GOT ALFRED AND CLAUDIA AND
NAMES AND FACES YOU CAN PUT INSTEAD OF RACES.))
SUPER=01-Claudia Whitworth/People United Against Racism;
OUT Q=INSTEAD OF RACES
People Uniting Against Racism meets several Thursdays a month at The Roanoke
Roanoke's first African-American Film Festival attracted an audience of
Organizers said they're encouraged enough by the weekend turnout to try a
repeat next year.
The event had been planned for the Hotel Roanoke but was moved because of an
N-DOUBLE-A-C-P boycott of several hotel chains over minority hiring practices.
One of the festival's guests was Richmond civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill.
As a boy, Hill appeared in a 19-22 movie made in Roanoke by pioneer black
filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.
Pilot Linda Finch takes off today... on a round the world flight Amelia
Earhart failed to complete 60 years ago.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
Finch will be flying a restored electra equipped with modern navigation
gear but much the same as the plane Earhart was flying when she took off
from New Guinea on July second 19-37.
Earhart vanished near a remote Pacific island, 22-thousand miles
into her flight.
Finch plans to drop a wreath when she passes the spot.
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There may be tax implications if you receive Social Security benefits.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=This week
SUPER=01-Bill Williams/H&R Block; :10
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=This week
((This week on Common Sense, Bill Williams of H&R Block tells us about some
special situations if you receive Social Security benefits.))
SOT TAPE ONE 06:03:15
IN Q=The tax
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: THE TAX REFORM ACT OF 1986 PROVIDED THAT SOME
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ARE TAXABLE DEPENDING UPON THE TAXPAYERS LEVEL OF
INCOME. IF THE JOINT RETURN THE INCOME LEVEL IS 32 THOUSAND OR MORE, THEY CAN
BE TAXED UP TO 50 PERCENT. IF THEIR INCOME IS OVER 44 THOUSAND, THE BENEFITS
MIGHT BE TAXED UP TO 85 PERCENT. THAT IS 85 PERCENT OF THEIR BENEFITS WOULD BE
INCLUDABLE IN TAXABLE INCOME.))
OUT Q=taxable income.
SOT TAPE TWO 06:30:21
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-4)
The Atlantic Coast Conference started the day with three teams looking for
spots in the Sweet 16.
Only Clemson survived yesterday's action.
In the Southeast Regional Providence knocked off second seeded Duke.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Duke vs Providence; :
Forward Derrick Brown goes in for this follow up slam in the first half.
Duke's Jeff Capel ended his career by scoring 26 points.
But Brown dominated, scoring a SUPER=33-Providence/98/Duke/87/;career high
33 points as Providence advances to the Sweet 16 with the 98 to 87 win.
IN Q="I just wanted
((DERRICK BROWN/SCORED 33 POINTS: ))
((MIKE KRZYZEWSKI/DUKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Derrick Brown/Scored 33 Points; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Krzyzewski/Duke Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=.....from our team."
Providence will play U-T Chattanooga which beat Illinois 75 to 63.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-1)
Stanford ended Tim Duncan's quest for a national championship yesterday by
beating Wake Forest in the West Regional.
SUPER=03-Tucson, AZ/Stanford vs Wake Forest; :
Stanford's big men would work the inside and score the easy basket and lead
by 16 at the half.
Duncan would lead a Wake Rally in the second half here he scores two of his
18 points on the day.
But Stanford cashed in at the line SUPER=33-Stanford/72/Wake Forest/66/;in
the closing seconds and the Cardinals beat the Demon Deacons 72 to 66.
Stanford advances to the Sweet 16 and will play Utah in the Regional
Finals. Utah beat UNC-Charlotte 77 to 58.
TAPE#net (edit of R-35)
An action packed afternoon kicked off the late model stock car season at the
Martinsville speedway with the Miller 300 race.
Things started hard for Rodney "six pack" Cundiff who lost his radiator in a
crash coming out of turn two in the first of four 25-lap qualifying heats.
David Hyder put his Ford in front for good on lap thirty. He took the
checkered flag just three hundredths of a second ahead of Wayne Grubb who place
Greg Marlow put up a fight finishing third.
Hyder's first place prize was 25 thousand dollars.
The nation's largest Saint Patrick's Day Parade is underway at this hour in
New York City.
Just minutes ago marchers paused for a moment of silence to honor the
hundreds of thousands who starved to death in the Great Irish Famine.
The Irish version of Saint
Patrick's day has often been quiet and sober.
But not this year.
A number of events are being held on the Emerald Isle.
Many people are wearing white ribbons for PEACE along with the traditional
Most people are sporting green today in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but in
Macon, Georgia the color is pink.
No, this pup is not blushing from all the attention. He's boasting his new
pink "do" for the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
And we are told the color is actually called "fuchsia plum."