A savage racial beating in Chicago may become a federal case.
And dozens of job losses in Roanoke as a packaging plant closes.
Despite a stiff breeze from the NW, we have a lovely day, and expect even
better things from tomorrow. Stay tuned for that, plus more on the NIT all
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Some workers in Roanoke are upset they might not be able to meet their
Employees at the Shorewood distribution center got word yesterday that May
26th is their last day on the job.
IN Q=Now how
((Now how many folks work here generally that are going to be affected by this?
STANLEY SMITH/SHOREWOOD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEE: 18 TO 20 PEOPLE. OFFICE PEOPLE,
MECHANICS, THAT'S JUST IN THE GARAGE. BUT THERE'S PROBABLY 70 OR MORE
SUPER=01-Stanley Smith/Shorewood Transport Employee;
OUT Q=or more drivers.
The New York based company makes compact disk covers.
No one at the company was available for comment.
Shorewood Packaging also has a small light manufacturing facility in Roanoke
that workers say will remain open.
Many of America's major banks are already responding to the federal
reserve's hike of short-term interest rates-- by increasing "their" prime
The fed made its decision to raise rates a quarter of a point during its
regular meeting yesterday.
It is the first boost in two years ... and according to policyholders, is
meant to slow down the economy -- and hold off inflation.
Human rights topped the agenda at a meeting today between Vice President Al
Gore and China's President.
Barry Petersen reports from Beijing.
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; :00
SUPER=03-Beijing, China; :08
SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President; :20
OUT Q=cbs News Beijing;
The Irish Republican Army appears to be on a campaign to disrupt British
Earlier today two explosions ripped through a train station in the northern
town of Wimslow.
Hours before the blasts police received a telephone call from a man who
claimed to represent the I-R-A.
Police also had to evacuate a train station in the town of Doncaster after
receiving another bomb threat.
The U-S appears to be the target of Palestinian aggression as Washington
attempts to restart peace talks.
In Bethlehem today, Palestinian protesters burned U-S and Israeli flags.
U-S envoy Dennis Ross arrives in the region tomorrow on a mission to halt
Since the construction of a housing project in east Jerusalem there have
been daily protests in the west Bank.
And on Friday, a bomb attack in Tel Aviv killed three Israeli women.
A thirteen- year- old African American boy remains in a coma this afternoon
after being severely beaten by three white teenagers.
Police say Leonard Clark was the victim of a hate crime.
On Friday his attackers repeatedly slammed his head into a building and
kicked him while yelling racial slurs.
Three teens who claim they were witnesses have been charged with attempted
A nationally known child expert says the murder of JonBenet Ramsey may not
have been a sex crime.
The "Rocky Mountain News" reports the un-named expert has read over the
Ramsey autopsy and has told investigators that Ramsey's injuries may have come
from physical abuse NOT sexual abuse.
The newspaper says police are considering both possibilities.
Earning a diploma from Virginia's public schools may soon be more difficult.
Last night, the public got its first chance to discuss a proposed revision
to the state's education guidelines.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=the state
SUPER=03-Patrick Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Daniel/Virginia Education Association; :16
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Patrick Co. Superintendent;: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. ))
OUT Q=patrick county
The owner of a Martinsville grocery store is facing charges after
authorities confiscated 800-pounds of beef and poultry.
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 Monday 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-Burt Sharp/Martinsville Police Department; :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.
Police finally caught up with a Martinsville city jail escapee in Roanoke
County last weekend.
Authorities say Isaac Swanson was arrested in Roanoke for receiving stolen
Martinsville police have also issued warrants for escape and assault
Officials say Swanson escaped March second when he hid in a shower, and
overpowered a deputy.
Swanson had a history of assaulting police officers and was considered
The demand for cybersecurity continues to grows as quickly as the Internet
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he has the solution in the Safe Act.
The legislation proposes to protect privacy, promote jobs and prevent crime
on-line by using encryption.
That's a process which scrambles computer messages into an unreadable code
so only authorized people can read them.
Goodlatte is opposed to a government plan which would allow third parties
to read the messages.
IN Q=It won't work
OUT Q= millions of Americans
Goodlatte says his Safe Act will also create jobs by allowing American
companies to globally export encryption software.
Virginia's most crowded race is already in full swing.
Two of the four Republicans running for Attorney General showed up at the
same time to turn in petitions to get on the ballot.
Because of the tie, a coin toss will eventually decide whose name goes at
the top of the ballot.
IN Q=Make no
((SEN. KEN STOLLE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THIS RACE IS PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES AND THE
CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
((GIL DAVIS(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: I'VE PROSECUTED MORE VIOLENT
CRIMINAL FELONS AND OBTAINED MORE CONVICTIONS THAN ALL OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES
COMBINED. I AM THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO SERVE AS VIRGINIA'S NEXT
SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Candidate for Atty. Gen.;
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/(R) Candidate for Atty. Gen.; :09
OUT Q=attorney general.
Former Virginia Beach police officer and state senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee)
proclaimed himself the front-runner.
So did Fairfax-based attorney Gil Davis-- who counts heavy northern Virginia
turnout in primaries as an advantage.
Southwest Virginian and former Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore has not
yet turned in a ballot..neither has Chesapeake State Senator Mark Earley.
Norfolk Southern may be expanding with its Conrail merger,
but a local railroad buff is just trying to revive a track N-S abandoned
almost 15 years ago.
News 7's Ted Stone was one of the first passengers.
IN Q=I've been
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07 (Quick)
SUPER=03-Washington Co.; :10 (Quick)
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.))
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A 19-55 Ford truck is helping teach Danville Community College students a
The owner of "Colonial Homes" in Riverdale is donating the truck, which will
be sold this summer.
Students will use the money to build a car that will be raced at South
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: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. ))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Day/South Boston Speedway Owner; :00 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Carlyle Ramsey/DCC President; :06
OUT Q=even get there.
The student built car eventually will also be sold.
The money will go toward scholarships.
If area lawmakers have anything to say about it Virginia's newest lottery
game will strike out.
Proceeds from the game of chance would fund a major league baseball stadium
in northern Virginia.
Lottery sales are leveling off, so Blacksburg delegate Jim Schuler says, the
new game would siphon money 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.
SUPER=330-Clear/& Chilly/36-40/Sunny/& Warm/72-76;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Chilly/36-40/Sunny/& Warm/74-78;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Chilly/30-35/Sunny/& Mild/66-70;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Chilly/32-36/Sunny/& Mild/68-72;
SUPER=334-Clear/& Chilly/30-35/Sunny/& Mild/66-70;
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Dave Justice says he's in shock and Kenny Lofton says he's been betrayed!
Those reaction last night after the Braves and Indians pulled off a number of
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 19-96 season.
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 Kenny Lofton.
The explosive center fielder has led the league in stolen bases in recent
The Braves also get another left hander with pitcher Alan Embry.
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Bedford County's Minutemen have again made the region proud by raking in
some big awards in the Group Two-A ranks last night.
SUPER=04-1996-97 Season; :00
Liberty head coach Mark Hanks was named coach of the year by the Associated
And junior Raymond "Peanut" Arrington heads up the first team all-state
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
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The Florida State Seminoles continued to carry the banner along with Carolina
in the postseason.
Last night the Noles were part of the N-I-T's final four at Madison Square
SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :00
The game was close all night long, as Richard Hamilton spins in the lane and
uses the good drop step and fade away to keep the Connecticut Huskies in front.
But the Noles got the game to overtime tied at 59 and then took over.
James Collins scored a career high 29 last night as Florida State wins it
F-S-U plays the winner of the Michigan-Arkansas game for the title.
It does not look like Steve Robinson will be leaving Tulsa any time soon.
Last night Tulsa University gave its popular head basketball coach some
serious job security.
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 N-C-A-A appearances.
The search is on for the next Captain Kangaroo.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
A casting call was held yesterday for a new captain to lead the children's
show when it returns to television this fall.
Among the job requirements-- you must be able to get along with Mr.
Moose and Bunny Rabbit.
Bob Keeshan was the original Captain Kangaroo, amusing kids for more than
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
OUT Q=(annie singing)
And twenty years after the show first hit broadway, Annie is back, with a
whole new cast.
The show opens tonight.
The new Annie is eight- year- old Brittany Kissinger.
The cast also includes Nell Carter, and actor John Schuck who plays Daddy
And Cindy Lou, who plays Sandy the dog.