Next on News 7-
Buying a home or car- or charging something? You'll now have to pay more
Two sisters kidnapped on Friday are reunited with their family tonight.
Plus one area car dealer is trying his hand at the railroad business-
And Warmer weather is on the way.
News 7 is next.
If you're buying a car or home, plan on paying more interest- Same goes for
The Federal Reserve hiked rates by a quarter percentage point today.
Banks are already following suit- raising their rates.
It appears 90 workers will lose their jobs at Shorewood Packaging in
Roanoke. The company is closing its distribution center.
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Plus former president George Bush was airborne today- We'll show you his
jump from 13 thousand feet.
And Robin says warmer air on the way tomorrow.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
If you're borrowing money for a car or home- expect to pay more- That goes
for charge cards too.
Byron Pitt's reports the Federal Reserve's raised interest rates for the
first time in 2 years.
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SUPER=00-Michael Andrews/Salomon Brothers; 38 quick
SUPER=01-Sen. Paul Sarbanes/(D) Maryland; 49
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News; 56
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((If you're looking to buy a 20-thousand dollar car a quarter
percentage point rate hike -- means about 4-dollars MORE in monthly car
So car dealers say . They're LESS worried by what the Federal
reserve did rather what they MIGHT do.
JACK TAYLOR/CAR DEALER: I WAS SELLING CARS WHEN THE INTEREST RATE WAS AT
18-PERCENT. IF THIS IS ALL
THEY'RE DOING THAT'S GREAT. I HOPE THEY DON'T GO ANY HIGHER.
Rumored for months . The Reserve raised short term interest rates
by point two five percent.
For consumers that means a house a car using a credit car just got more
MICHAEL ANDREWS/SALOMON BROTHERS:
FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON IN THE SHORT TERM IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS. BUT OVER THE LONG
TERM LOOKING AT NEXT YEAR IT'S VERY GOOD NEWS.
Some call it preventive medicine others say death of a good
SEN. PAUL SARBANES/D-MARYLAND: THERE IS NO INFLATION. THIS IS A PREEMPTIVE
STRIKE AGAINST GROWTH AND JOBS.
BYRON PITTS/CBS NEWS: BUT MOST ECONOMIST SAY IT IS A PREEMPTIVE STRIKE FOR
THE GOOD. A SMALL HIKE NOW THEY SAY WILL STAVE OFF A BIG AND PAINFUL
BYRON PITTS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
It appears Shorewood packaging is shutting it's Roanoke distribution
That means lost jobs.
The Shorewood Transport subsidiary is apparently shutting down later this
Workers began receiving photocopied letters today telling them their last
day on the job is May 26th.
IN Q=Everybody's upset
((STANLEY SMITH/SHOREWOOD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEE: EVERYBODY'S UPSET, I MEAN IF YOU
LOSE YOUR JOB, IT'S SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. I MEAN I AM, AND A LOT OF
PEOPLE, THEY HAVE COMMITMENTS IN LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Stanley Smith/Shorewood Transport Employee;
OUT Q=in life.
The New York based company makes compact disk covers. No one at the company
was available for comment.
Meanwhile employees we spoke with estimate 90 people will be affected by the
Shorewood Packaging also has a small light manufacturing facility in Roanoke
that workers say will remain open.
It may soon be tougher to graduate from public schools in Virginia.
Tonight, the public got its first chance to talk about a proposed revision
to the state's education guidelines.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=the state
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SUPER=01-Chris Daniel/Va. Education Association; :16
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Patrick Co. Supt.;:39
SUPER=01-Richard LaPointe/State Supt. of Public Instruction; 1:07
SUPER=01-Mary Britt/Teacher; 1:20
OUT Q=patrick county.
(( The state board of education is proposing standardized tests at the third,
fifth, eighth, and 11th grade levels.
If students don't pass the tests, they won't be allowed to move to the next
Also proposed are tougher requirements in three core areas.
((ENGLISH, MATH...BEEN DEFINED))
The new standards of Learning COULD go in affect for 9th graders this fall.
That's too soon for Patrick county's superintendent.
((IT WOULD BE ...PREMATURE ))
Administrators say teachers would need more time to adjust--
Another concern is that putting more emphasis on core courses could remove
funding for vocational programs, for students who will get jobs right after
((WE DON'T FEEL ALL....GEOMETRY ))
But the Board disagrees.
((WE FEEL...GEOMETRY ))
Several teachers spoke on behalf of the fine arts. Mary Britt says ART
should be a core course, too.
((HOW DO ACADEMIC....CONCENTRATION. ))
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For the second year in a row, Governor Allen has blocked state funding for
the College of Health Sciences in Roanoke.
Local lawmakers may try to override the governor's veto.
But it now appears unlikely the school will receive the 700- thousand
dollars officials wanted.
IN Q=We have made
((HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: WE HAVE MADE SOME REAL FRIENDS
STATEWIDE. THE COLLEGE HAS, AND I'M ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT
HOWEVER TO GET A TWO- THIRDS VOTE FROM BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, BUT WE'RE
CERTAINLY GOING TO BE THERE TRYING COME WEDNESDAY APRIL 2ND.))
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/College of Health Sciences;
OUT Q=Wednesday, April 2nd.
The school is not in danger of closing.
But the failure to win state funding will make it difficult to pay for
raises, fund new positions, or expand programs.
By making the appropriation contingent on a budget surplus, Allen argued
that lawmakers were using a "trick" that amounted to deficit spending.
Two sisters kidnapped on Friday- are back home in Michigan.
The girls arrived in Kalamazoo tonight.
The sisters, nine and six, disappeared after getting off the school bus
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
Earlier today the girls laughed and giggled when they were reunited with
their father in Florida.
((I'M JUST GLAD MY GIRLS WEREN'T HURT REAL BAD. I GET TO TAKE THEM HOME.))
((REPORTER: WERE YOU ASKING TO GO HOME? WHAT DID YOU TELL THE BOYS WHEN THEY
TOOK YOU IN THE CAR? LITTLE GIRL: THAT WE WANTED TO GO HOME.))
OUT Q=WANTED TO GO HOME."
Police arrested three men- ages 17, 19 and 21 found with the girls in
Police have not discussed a motive- but they say two of the suspects knew
O-J Simpson wants a new civil trial.
His lawyers filed an appeal today saying the 33 and half million-dollar
award is excessive.
An attorney says Simpson's team will argue the judge was wrong when he
allowed lie detector evidence and testimony from a battered women's counselor.
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Still to come on News 7, police confiscate hundreds of pounds of meat from
an area market today,
and we'll see how one businessman is hoping to get a small community back on
track to economic prosperity.
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Authorities confiscated 800-pounds of beef and poultry from a Martinsville
The meat was removed from the "Community Market" grocery store and grill on
The store's owner is accused of buying the meat from other stores and
Authorities say re-selling meat is a state code violation.
Martinsville police began confiscating the meat yesterday after someone
IN Q=We will
((LT. BURT SHARP/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT.:WE WILL WORK WITH STATE OFFICIALS
AND THE EVIDENCE WILL BE PRESENTED TO OUR COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY AND HE WILL
DECIDE AT A POINT AND TIME WHETHER THEY ARE IN FACT IN VIOLATION OF STATE
SUPER=01-Lt. Burt Sharp/Martinsville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=state law.
The owner of "Community Market" declined to comment on camera but says the
meat is stored in freezers and is NOT spoiled.
The pastor of Lynchburg's Thomas Road Baptist Church says advertisers should
not support actress Ellen Degeneres' television show.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says General Motors, Chrysler and Johnson and
Johnson should not advertise on A-B-C's "Ellen."
He's upset over plans to have the main character come out as a lesbian.
Tonight Falwell urged his audience to write letters to the sponsors to
withdraw their support for the show.
Meanwhile some critics say one denomination's new rules is making it
difficult for homosexuals to participate in its churches.
The PRESBYTERIAN church recently ratified an amendment that prevents gays
from holding any church office.
Kimberly McBroom has reaction.
IN Q=Like the U.S. government
SUPER=01-Rev. Tupper Garden/Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church; :11
SUPER=01-William Rethford/Metropolitan Community Church; :49
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Like the U-S government, the Presbyterian Church follows its own
constitution-- The Book of Order.
Church officials recently ratified an amendment requiring the chastity of
all SINGLE ministers.
((REV. TUPPER GARDEN/RALEIGH COURT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: THE ORIENTATION OF A
PERSON, LET'S SAY-- A PERSON'S HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT CONDEMNED BY THE
CHURCH. WHAT IS CONDEMNED IS ANY SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP OUTSIDE OF ONE MAN AND
ONE WOMAN IN THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP OF MARRIAGE. ))
Reverend Garden emphasizes the rule also applies to HETEROSEXUALS, and is
NOT meant to single out gays.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: REVEREND GARDEN SAYS CHANGES IN SOCIETY OVER THE
LAST FEW DECADES HAVE LED MOST MAINSTREAM DENOMINATIONS TO RE- EVALUATE THE
ISSUE OF SEXUAL MORALITY-- BUT NOT ALL CHURCHES ARE TAKING A SIMILAR STANCE
WITH REGARD TO HOMOSEXUALS.
((WILLIAM RETHFORD/METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: ALL THE THINGS THAT OUR
LIVING CHRIST EVER SAID ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY-- ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING.))
William Rethford is the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the
Blue Ridge, and estimates 85- percent of his congregation is gay.
Rethford believes one's SEXUALITY does not determine one's SPIRITUALITY--
and disagrees with the new Presbyterian law.
((RETHFORD: I'M NOT OFFENDED BY IT. I'M DISAPPOINTED BY IT. I THINK
ULTIMATELY, THERE'S GOING TO BE REACTION IN THE CHURCH. ))
((GARDEN: I HOPE THAT THE CURRENT STRIDENT NATURE OF THE DEBATE AND THE HURT
FEELINGS ALL AROUND WILL BE A PASSING THING. ))
Garden and Rethford may disagree on the religious implications of
homosexuality-- but both say they want their congregations to be open
communities of acceptance.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Coming up next in the newscast,
we'll see how former President George Bush made a leap into the record books
MUSIC UP FULL
He's not John Henry or Casey Jones, but Bill Pinkerton may just be the
railroad man Saltville needs.
He's trying to revive train service to the town, and shippers are ready to
get on board.
One of his first passengers was News 7's Ted Stone.
IN Q=I've been
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SUPER=01-Bill Pinkerton/Railroad Entrepreneur; :38
SUPER=03-Glade Spring; :50
SUPER=01-John E.B. Clark/Saltville Town Manager; 1:05 (QUICK)
OUT Q=News 7.
((BILL PINKERTON/RAILROAD ENTREPRENEUR: I'VE BEEN A BUSINESS OWNER FOR 27
YEARS. AND THIS WOULD JUST BE ANOTHER BUSINESS.))
Bill Pinkerton likes cars. He sells plenty of them at his dealership near
So what's he doing in work clothes on an old abandoned rail line in
((BILL PINKERTON/RAILROAD ENTREPRENEUR: I ENJOY THE CAR BUSINESS AND I ENJOY
THE RAILROAD BUSINESS.))
Pinkerton is hoping to re-open the tracks that once linked Saltville with
the Norfolk Southern main line.
NS abandoned the run in 1984, and gave the line to the town.
Pinkerton wants to buy the overgrown line, to operate as his own company.
Town officials think he has what it takes to run a railroad.
((BILL PINKERTON: THEY'VE ASKED SOME GOOD QUESTIONS, THEY'RE DRIVING A TOUGH
BARGAIN, BUT THEY WANT TO GET THIS THING DONE. AND IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING
Pinkerton has one customer already waiting for him. The P-C-S Phosphates
plant makes a poultry feed additive.
The raw materials travel by train to Glade Spring, where they're transferred
to trucks for the 10 mile ride into Saltville.
With the rail line open all the way to the plant, one hopper car carrying
100 tons will do the work of four tractor- trailers.
Other companies can smell those savings.
((JOHN E.B. CLARK/SALTVILLE TOWN MANAGER: ONE IS LONG AIRDOX, A MANUFACTURER OF
MINING MACHINERY. A SECOND EMPLOYER IS TITAN WHEEL. THEY MANUFACTURE
CONSTRUCTION WHEELS. THEY ALSO COULD BE VERY INTERESTED.))
Pinkerton estimates that re- opening the line will cost a total of half- a-
million dollars. Much of that could be reimbursed by state grants.
((TED STONE/NEWS 7: If Pinkerton is able to negotiate to buy the tracks from
the town of Saltville, and if his crew doesn't run into any unexpected
engineering problems, the line could be hauling freight within six months.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
Former President George Bush suited up and took the plunge today-
((CHECK RIGHT.... UP. DOWN.))
OUT Q=UP. DOWN."
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And away he went- skydiving into history.
Bush is the only former president to skydive after leaving office.
He jumped from 13-thousand feet and made a safe landing at the Army's Yuma
Bush is 72.
He last took the plunge a half century ago when Japanese fighters shot up
his plane, and he had to bail out over the Pacific.
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The big player in the deal is Kenny Lofton, who is leaving Cleveland to join
the Braves - something he is less than thrilled about.
((KENNY LOFTON/TRADED TO BRAVES:))
SUPER=01-Kenny Lofton/Traded To Braves; :00
OUT Q=...ALL IS CAN SAY."
We'll see how the trade works out when the season starts next week.
Bedford County's Minutemen have again made the region proud by raking in
some big awards in the Group Two-A ranks last night.
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The spotlight belongs to Liberty head coach Mark Hanks.
After leading his Minutemen to back to back state titles he has been named
coach of the year by the Associated Press.
And his main man, Raymond "Peanut" Arrington, the versatile six foot three
inch junior heads up the first team all-state squad.
A number of other local players were are also getting some recognition.
William Campbell's Chauncey Walker and Patrick County's Corey Reynolds are
second team members.
And Blacksburg's Phillip Klaus, Heritage's Kevin Lambert, Liberty's Robert
Carson and Martinsville's Leander Preston are honorable mention all-state
The Florida State Seminoles continues to carry the banner along with carolina
in the postseason.
Last night the Noles were part of the NIT's final four at Madison Square
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The Seminoles faced Jim Calhoun and his Connecticut Huskies.
This one would be close all night long, as Richard Hamilton spin in the lane
and uses the good drop step and fade away to keep the Huskies in front.
But the Noles got the game to overtime tied at 59 and then took over.
James Collins was the real deal last night scoring a career high 29 as
Florida State wins it 71-to-65.
FSU plays the winner of the Michigan-Arkansas game for the title.
Not all Roanokers would enjoy living on Tulsa Time, but seems to suit Steve
Robinson just fine.
Tonight Tulsa University gave its popular head basketball coach some serious
The former Fleming and Radford University star signs a contract extension
through the year 2004.
Robinson teams are 46-and-18 in two seasons with two NCAA appearances.
Robinson's alma mater, Radford University, got some unexpected news today as
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point guard Anthony Walker was picked to participate in the 45th annual
Portsmouth invitational next month.
Only 64 college seniors in the nation are invited to play in this camp that
is attended by scouts from the NBA and CBA.
Walker is the first Radford player ever to get an invitation to the event.
Dave Justice says he's in shock and Kenny Lofton says he's been betrayed!
Those reaction coming last night after the Braves and Indians pulled off a
whopper of a deal.
Justice leaves the Braves after 817 games with the team.
He is now 31 years old and he's coming off shoulder surgery that cut short
his 1996 season. The Braves were anxious to get rid of him because of his $12
point 5 million dollar salary.
The Braves also give up 29 year old Marquis Grissom a four time gold glove
award winner as a center fielder.
In return, the Braves pick up the best leadoff hitter in the American
League, in Kenny Lofton.
The explosive center fielder has led the league in stolen bases each of the
past years. His biggest drawback is that he becomes a free agent at the end of
this upcoming season.
The Braves also get another left hander in the bullpen in the deal with
pitcher Alan Embry.
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((JOHN SCHUERHOLZ/BRAVES GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-John Schuerholz/Braves General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...this deal."
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason and head coach Frank Anzalone
grab a seat on the ice to talk about the team's final three games of the
regular season coming up this weekend.
The Roanoke Express got a big break tonight when Charlotte beat Richmond.
Earlier today Steve Mason talked to head coach Frank Anzalone about how his
shorthanded team has made its own breaks this season.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :33
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; 1:20
OUT Q=...back to Mike in the studio"
It's not Biology or Calculus- but it is a college course- IN AUTOMOTIVES.
Now it's expanding at Danville Community College thanks to community
The owner of "Colonial Homes" in Riverdale is donating a 1955 Ford truck to
The truck will be sold this summer will all money going back to the school.
Students will use the cash to build a car which will eventually race at
South Boston Speedway.
IN Q=I just
((DOROTHY DAY/SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY OWNER:I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL
LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THE COLLEGE AND FOR THE STUDENTS.
DR. CARLYLE RAMSEY/DCC PRESIDENT:TECHNICAL CAREERS ARE REALLY VERY PROMISING IN
OUR AREA. WE'RE HEAVY IN MANUFACTURING, OUR PEOPLE HAVE A VERY GOOD WORK ETHIC,
A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF TECHNOLOGY AND AUTOMOTIVE
BEFORE THEY EVEN GET HERE, THEY'LL BE EVEN BETTER PREPARED FOR THIS
SUPER=01-Dorothy Day/South Boston Speedway Owner; :00 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Carlyle Ramsey/DCC President; :06
OUT Q=this opportunity.
The student built car will eventually go up for sale- with the cash going to