News 7 at Five is next-
A Company in Roanoke is closing down- we'll tell you how many people will be
out of work.
Two little girls kidnapped Friday- are found.
And Former President George Bush is airborne.
Showers will move into tonight, and move out by morning. Look for sunny
but windy conditions tomorrow, I'll have all the details.
President Clinton says Medicare must be preserved.
To pay for it, he suggests cracking down on fraud within the system.
IN Q=Medicare fraud
((MEDICARE FRAUD COSTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. IT AMOUNTS TO A FRAUD
TAX THAT FALLS ON ALL OUR TAXPAYERS--BUT MOST HEAVILY ON
SENIOR CITIZENS ))
OUT Q=senior citizens.
IN Q=You know
((STANLEY SMITH/SHOREWOOD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEE: YOU KNOW WE THOUGHT WE HAD A JOB
BUT THEN TODAY WE'RE HANDED A LETTER STATING THAT WE'RE CLOSING DOWN MAY
OUT Q=May 26th.
Shorewood Transport of Roanoke is closing, costing 90 jobs.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Earlier this month News-7 first told you how Shorewood Packaging might close
its Roanoke distribution center.
Today workers began getting the official word from the company.
((STANLEY SMITH/SHOREWOOD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEE: ACCORDING TO THE LETTER WE GOT
TODAY WE WILL HAVE A JOB UNTIL MAY 26TH. And no idea on separation packages?
SMITH: NO SIR, NOT YET.))
SUPER=01-Stanley Smith/Shorewood Transport Employee;
OUT Q=not yet.
Employees estimate the company employs about 90 people in its transport
division, everything from truckers to office and mechanical personnel.
Shorewood Transport is owned by Shorewood Packaging, a New York based
company which makes compact disk covers.
Workers say Shorewood Packaging has a light manufacturing facility here that
will stay in business.
No one from the company's headquarters would comment.
The College of Health Sciences is still holding out some hope for a
700-thousand dollar appropriation from the state.
But a veto by Governor Allen will probably mean another year of tight
finances for the Roanoke school.
Double Box=Jean & Joe
Joe Dashiell has more tonight on the governor's decision and the reaction
here in Roanoke. Joe, what will this mean for the school?
Jean, while the school's close association with Community Hospital
continues, the college is losing its financial support from Carilion Health
Officials were hoping for some transitional funding from the state to help
fill the gap, but for the second year in row, Governor Allen has thwarted that
IN Q=College officials weren't surprised
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/College of Health Sciences President; :
OUT Q=come Wednesday April 2nd.
((College officials weren't surprised by the governor's decision like they
were a year ago... but they were equally disappointed.
Local lawmakers will attempt to override the veto, but College President
Harry Nickens is realistic about their chances.
IN Q=We have made some
((HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE PRESIDENT: 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.))
OUT Q=come wednesday April 2nd.))
The appropriation was included in the budget as a contingency request, to
be honored only in the event of a state surplus.
Governor Allen argued that was "a trick" that amounted to deficit
Double Box=Jean & Joe
Jean, the College of Health Sciences is NOT in danger of closing.
But the failure to win state funding could delay raises for employees
who've already gone a year without an increase.
Everyone says he's a front-runner in the state's most crowded race this
Two of the four Republicans vying for attorney general in a June primary
raced to file petitions with the State Board of Elections today.
Because of the tie, a COIN TOSS will decide whose name goes at the top of
Fairfax attorney Gil Davis says northern Virginia voters give him an
IN Q=Fairfax County
((GIL DAVIS/ CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: FAIRFAX COUNTY CAST 86- THOUSAND
VOTES IN THE WARNER-MILLER PRIMARY. THE NEXT CLOSEST COUNTY WAS VIRGINIA BEACH
WITH 31- THOUSAND. AND AFTER THAT IT WAS HENRICO WITH 23- THOUSAND.))
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/(R) Candidate for Attorney General;
OUT Q=23- thousand.
Virginia Beach state Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) appears to have the best
IN Q=I am proud
((SEN. KEN STOLLE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: I AM PROUD TO BE THE AUTHOR
AND PATRON OF IMPORTANT BILLS THAT ARE NOW LAW IN VIRGINIA. THE ABOLITION OF
PAROLE, THREE STRIKES YOU'RE OUT, TRUTH-IN-SENTENCING, BIFURCATED TRIALS,
MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR DRUG DEALERS, THE COMMONWEALTH'S RIGHT TO
OUT Q=to appeal.
Southwest Virginian Jerry Kilgore and Chesapeake state senator Mark Earley
have just over two weeks to file their petitions.
The Virginia lottery is planning to start up a new game to raise money for a
major league baseball stadium in northern Virginia.
The tickets won't go on sale until April of next year.
But some area lawmakers may try to derail the effort in next year's General
Blacksburg delegate Jim Shuler says lottery sales are already leveling off,
and the new game would siphon funds away from education.
((DEL. JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: AND OF COURSE THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF THAT
STORY IS THEY'RE LOOKING TO RAID THIS FUND AGAIN TO FUND A NEW BASEBALL STADIUM
IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. AND I'M AGAINST THAT BECAUSE I THINK THAT MONEY NEEDS TO
STICK AND GO AND STAY INTO EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS. ))
OUT Q= educational efforts.
The lottery is planning to launch the game on a trial basis for nine months.
800-pounds of beef and poultry have been confiscated from a Martinsville
The owner of the Community Market on Fayette Street is accused of buying the
food from other stores and then reselling it-- which is a violation of state
Yesterday, authorities started confiscating the meat.
The investigation began after someone complained.
IN Q=We thought
SUPER=01-Lt. Burt Sharp/Martinsville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=on his grill.
The food was taken to a landfill.
The owner of the Community Market declined to comment on camera but says he
was unaware reselling meat is illegal.
An Montgomery County woman escaped serious injury this morning when her home
Mary Lou Kingrea (KING-ree) suffered smoke inhalation after she ran back
into her burning house on Pilot Road to rescue her pet birds.
The birds survived and Kingrea was treated and released from Montgomery
Christiansburg fire chief Jim Epperly says the fire started because of an
improperly installed flue on a woodstove.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Interest rates are rising...today the Federal Reserve announced the hike of
short-term interest rates.
And a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- want to know more about building race
cars? Now you can take a college course...
On Health Check, the number of tuberculosis cases in the U-S is down again
And the company that sparked an international debate on cloning announces
its next project.
Also coming up-- former President George Bush took the plunge today...
Plus a recap of last night's Academy Awards--all when NEWS-7 at FIVE
Two missing sisters are found in Florida- after a nationwide search.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
The girls disappeared from Kalamazoo Michigan after getting off the school
FBI agents say the six and nine year old girls are safe.
((JOE MARTINOLICH/FBI CHIEF MICHIGAN OFFICER: WE WERE TOLD BY AGENTS AT THE
SCENE THEY ARE NONE THE WORSE FOR THE EAR. MAYBE A LITTLE TIRED, A LITTLE
BEDRAGGLED, MAYBE DISHEVELED, BUT THEY'RE IN GOOD SHAPE.))
SUPER=01-Joe Martinolich/FBI Chief Michigan Officer;
OUT Q=in good shape."
Now under arrest- three men, ages 17, 19 and 21.
((JIM GREGART/PROSECUTOR: ALL THREE SUSPECTS UNDER MICHIGAN LAW ARE CONSIDERED
TO BE ADULTS AND EVEN THOUGH ONE SUSPECT IS 17 MICHIGAN RECENTLY ENACTED LAWS
PROVIDING FOR 14, 15 AND 16 YEAR OLDS TO BE CHARGED AS ADULTS IN KIDNAPPING
SUPER=01-Jim Gregart/Prosecutor; 06
OUT Q=in kidnapping cases."
So far, police have refused to discuss any motive.
Two of the suspects apparently knew the girls and their father.
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Expect to pay more in interest if you buy a car, home- or use charge cards.
The Federal Reserve is raising short term interest rates- by one quarter of
It's the first increase in more than two years- and is meant to ward off
Danville Community College is shifting into high gear thanks to a local
This summer, students enrolled in the college's automotive program will
build a race car.
The finished product will get plenty of exposure-- it will race at the South
IN Q=I just
SUPER=01-Dorothy Day/South Boston Speedway Owner; :00
OUT Q=the students.
The owner of "Colonial Homes" in Riverdale is also supporting the school's
Don Woodward donated a 1955 Ford truck which will be sold this summer-- all
proceeds will go toward building the race car.
groovy music UNDER
Former president Bush made history today--
the 72-year old is the only former president to skydive after leaving office.
Check out his 13-thousand foot jump...next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Former President George Bush strapped himself into a jumping suit and took
the plunge today.
((CHECK RIGHT.... UP. DOWN.))
OUT Q=UP. DOWN."
SUPER=03-Over Yuma, AZ;
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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SUPER=333-Cloudy/with Showers/42-46/Clearing/Sunny & Breezy/52-56;
SUPER=334-Rainy/ & Windy/40-44/Morning Drizzle/Slow Clearing/50-54;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker, Mike details a big trade in baseball between
the Braves and Indians.
On Health Check-- a new study is looking at whether denying
Estrogen Replacement to all breast cancer survivors is really necessary.
IN Q=I wasn't rested
((I WASN'T RESTED, I WASN'T THINKING CLEARLY. I WAS TERRIBLY EMOTIONAL,
PHYSICALLY I WASN'T FEELING WELL AND AT THIS TIME I SAID 'PLEASE LET ME TRY
OUT Q=let me try this.
health bump next
President Clinton wants a crackdown on fraud by Medicare and Medicaid
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
He says abuse of the system costs taxpayers between six and 20 billion
dollars each year.
IN Q=We can and
(( WE CAN AND WILL PRESERVE MEDICARE.
WE CAN AND WILL MAKE THE MEDICAID SYSTEM WORK BETTER AND SERVE MORE CHILDREN.
THE STEPS WE TAKE TODAY WILL PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN THOSE SYSTEMS THAT MEAN SO
MUCH TO OUR FAMILIES AND OUR FUTURE.))
OUT Q=our future.
Clinton is sending Congress a 12-step bill to clean-up the system.
The plan would bar convicted felons from the two programs-- and would also
require I-D numbers for doctors and nursing homes.
It would also toughen penalties for fraud, and prevent providers from using
bankruptcy as a cover.
Doctors have always worried that giving Estrogen Replacement Therapy to
women who've had breast cancer might actually cause the cancer to come back.
SUPER=03-Irvine, CA; :
Now, some initial results are in from a study trying to determine if
estrogen is indeed dangerous for these patients.
The study is small-- only 145 patients, but early results are promising.
IN Q=We are
((DR. PHILIP DISAIA/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-IRVINE: WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE
RECURRENCE RATE IS CERTAINLY NO GREATER THAN YOU WOULD FIND IN A SIMILAR GROUP
OF WOMEN NOT TAKING ESTROGEN.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Philip DiSaia/University of California-Irvine; :
OUT Q=taking estrogen.
Researchers say the medical community should re-asses denying estrogen to
all breast cancer survivors-- and establish a larger, long-term trial to
determine the risk
IN Q=In the interim
((DR. DISAIA: IN THE INTERIM, WE DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN CONTINUE TO OFFHAND DENY
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ERT.. THE BENEFITS ARE TOO WELL
OUT Q=too well proven.
These results are by no means the final word on the safety of giving
hormone replacement therapy to women who've survived breast cancer.
For the fourth straight year the number of cases of tuberculosis in the
United States has dropped.
In 1996 cases declined 7 percent-- a sign that the upswing of cases of T-B
in the mid-80s is now over.
Government scientists say public health officials and doctors must
continue to aggressively treat those with the disease, for this trend to
In Denver, one researcher says he may have the answer to reducing the pain
of migraine headaches.
It's a small electronic device worn in the ear called Net One--
It electronically stimulates the same nerve used in acupuncture to treat
Its creator says the electronic pulses cause the brain to release
endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
((DR. ONJAY ERFAN/RESEARCHER: ELECTRONICALLY WE DECIDED TO DO THAT AND ITS VERY
((CARRIE BALCH/MIGRAINE SUFFERER: I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S MIND OVER MATTER. I
DON'T KNOW IF ITS THE DEVICE. AND FRANKLY I DON'T CARE BECAUSE IT'S WORKING. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Onjay Erfan/Researcher;
SUPER=01-Carrie Balch/Migraine Sufferer; :05
OUT Q=it's working.
The idea that electronic impulses to the ear prevent headaches is a hard
one to believe-- but there are studies that show Net One does actually help.
Still, many experts remain skeptical, until the device is
The company that brought us the first cloned mammal now wants to get into
a new business.
The Scottish firm P-P-L Therapeutics which created Dolly now says it wants
to begin genetically engineering animal organs to transplant into humans.
Their research is likely to focus first on pig's hearts because they are a
good match for humans with regard to size and function.
Time now for sports... The Roanoke Express has just three games left in the
Mike Stevens tells us how the team is handling crunch time.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome everybody to the Tuesday ticker, and if you are a Braves fan you will
want to listen up for the next minute or so.
The Braves and the Cleveland Indians pulled off a bona fide blockbuster four
player deal today that in the end sees Justice being served up in Cleveland.
Dave 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 Wayne Embry.
IN Q="We think...
((JOHN SCHUERHOLZ/BRAVES GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-John Schuerholz/Braves General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...WE'RE STRONGER."
The Express has this week to prepare for the final three games of the season;
a stretch that begins Friday at the Round House against Raleigh. This weekend's
run, the fight for third place in the division, tonight's game between Richmond
and Charlotte, and the Icecaps were among the topics Frank Anzalone addressed
IN Q="The point
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...in the playoffs"
Coming up at 6, more on the Express, plus some post season honors for some
Radford and Roanoke basketball players. see ya then.
TAPE#net-h (noon net)
It was a big night for "The English Patient" at the Academy Awards.
The wartime drama won nine Oscars, including best picture and best director.
Its star, Juliette Binoche (bih-NO-SH), beat out sentimental favorite Lauren
Bacall for the supporting actress Oscar.
Geoffrey Rush's portrayal of real-life pianist David Helfgott won him an
Oscar for best actor in "Shine."
Cuba Gooding Junior picked up best supporting actor honors for his role in
IN Q=I LOVE YOU...
SUPER=01-Cuba Gooding, Jr./Best Supporting Actor;
OUT Q=TOM CRUISE, I LOVE YOU MAN.
Frances McDormand won Best Actress for "Fargo,"
C-B-S is in the process of taking Fargo to the small screen as a T-V series.
(toss to patrick)
(toss to jean)
Excitement is building in the town of Saltville.
Double boxes Jean/Keith
Here's Keith Humphry to tell us what's going on.
Jean, the last big news in Saltville came in December,
when the U-S Gypsum plant announced it would close by the end of the decade.
Today, that's being offset by a sudden dose of GOOD news: work is underway
to restore rail service to the town.
IN Q=There are some
((CHRIS HELMER/RAILROAD SUPERVISOR: THERE ARE SOME MAJOR OBSTACLES WHICH WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO REPLACE, INCLUDING THE CROSS-TIES UNDERNEATH THE RAILS. A LOT
OF THOSE ARE IN BAD SHAPE.))
SUPER=01-Chris Helmer/Railroad Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=in bad shape.
SUPER=03-Washington Co.; Tonight at six, we'll find out more about the
project to re-open the old line, and meet the Roanoke Valley businessman who's
trying to make it happen.
The whole story in 30-minutes...on NEWS-7 at SIX.
We'll check it out...
cut to wefc
Plus check out the region's first local primetime newscast-- with Connie
Stevens on NEWS-7 Primetime tonight at 10- on WEFC...
That's it for us-- see you later, goodnight.