Hundreds thrown out of work in Brookneal.
We'll have a preview of tomorrow's big announcement TONIGHT on NEWS 7 at
And we'll check in at the Post Office. If you haven't filed your tax
return, what are you doing watching T-V?
Tonight on News 7 Sports, the major leagues are celebrating the 50th
anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the big leagues, the Big "O" is out
of the hospital, Geoff Bodine is in the dog house,
and Bonnie Henrickson takes over as Virginia Tech's new head women's
If you want warmer weather, you better head south because our forecast
features a cold rain on the way.
A crushing economic blow for Brookneal and Campbell County tonight.
Thomasville Furniture apparently has decided to close its Brookneal plant by
this June, leaving more than 325 people out of work.
Sources say a declining furniture market has forced the shutdown.
Workers reportedly were given the word late this afternoon.
The Thomasville plant had been in Brookneal for several decades.
An official notice from the company is expected to be released tomorrow.
The lines are growing at Roanoke's main Post Office.
It's tax time and the procrastinators are out in force.
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Andrew Freiden is at the Post Office tonight.
You're not alone.
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Speeding is blamed for an accident that injured two teenagers in Montgomery
Police say 18-year old Bobby Dwayne Davis and 16-year old Michael Vrizendine
were travelling as fast as 70 miles an hour on Dun Hill Road.
After swerving to avoid an oncoming car, driver Davis lost control and
launched off an embankment head-first.
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((J.D. DIAMOND/STATE TROOPER: THE PASSENGER, WHO DIDN'T HAVE HIS SEATBELT ON,
WAS PARTLY EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER ON TOP OF
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Vrizendine had to be airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is
currently listed in stable condition with fractures to the face and elbow.
Davis was treated at Montgomery Regional Hospital for minor injuries and
Some good news today for Lynchburg residents and city employees.
Officials say property taxes will not rise in the next fiscal year, but city
workers' salaries WILL.
It's all part of Lynchburg's 103- million dollar budget unveiled this
City leaders say a robust local economy is keeping them in the black.
IN Q=Tells us that
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: TELLS US THAT THE LOCAL ECONOMY,
INCLUDING THE STATE IS VERY GOOD. AS YOU KNOW WE'VE DONE VERY WELL
INDUSTRIALLY, WE'VE HAD GROWTH THAT WAY, OUR CITIZENS TAXPAYING HABITS ARE
BETTER, WE RECEIVED BETTER COLLECTIONS AND SO OVERALL WE'RE JUST HAVING A WHOLE
LOT BETTER REVENUE POSITION THAN WE THOUGH WE HAD.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=thought we were.
The city employees will receive a four percent pay hike.
The budget also allots the full 23 million dollars requested by the city
A new study shows Lynchburg needs to spend more than a million dollars right
NOW to address some of the city's most pressing recreational needs.
City council had discussed taking 1- point- 2 million dollars in unused
flood relief money and applying it to Lynchburg's recreational shortages.
They got an outline today of how that money could be spent.
Near the top of that list are more fields for Lynchburg's youth soccer
IN Q=Five years ago
((MARC GIONET/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: FIVE YEARS AGO, NO ONE COULD HAVE
PREDICTED.. MAKE SOME DENT. ))
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OUT Q=make some dent.
Gionet (juh-NAY) also says a scaled- down version of the proposed sports
complex might be more cost- efficient and neighborhood- friendly.
A claim of reverse discrimination- -filed by a male pressman has been
rejected by a federal judge.
Greg Holdren sued his employer for sex discrimination.
In late 1993, Transkrit hired Holdren and eight other new printing press
operators... all male but one: Sheila Janney.
Holdren got fired after nine months on the job, because he wasn't keeping
up with production quotas. Janney's performance was worse than his, so he
claimed he was discharged because of his sex.
"The undisputed evidence shows," Judge Jackson Kiser ruled, "that Holdren
was fired when he remained unable to perform his job properly after many
chances for improvement."
He found no discrimination.
Virginia's race for the U.S. Senate last year stands out in the nation.
New Federal Election Commission reports show Democrat Mark Warner raised and
spent the most money of any Senate candidate in the nation.
He raised 11-point-6 million dollars...10-point-3 of it from his own pocket.
And he lost.
The man who won, Republican John Warner took in the most special interest
PAC money in the nation.
Warner accepted 1-point-6 million in political action committee money.
He raised and spent 5-point-2 million overall.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
cooperation, not competition, between communities may be the key to attracting
and the former director of Explore Park has a new mission--making sure the
region's scenic landscapes are protected and preserved.
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The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia has fired its director.
Gordon Davies has been the council's director for 20 years.
He's widely credited for giving Virginia colleges a higher national stature.
But he's had strained relations with Governor Allen's appointees to the
council, who engineered a seven-to-three vote today to end his contract.
Davies attributed his dismissal to what he called: "a difference in
perception on how you do this job."
Davies had resisted continued cutbacks and cost- savings plans the Allen
administration has pushed for state colleges.
Imagine a retail store opening withOUT wanting any mention of it in the
The owner of the Sonic Mart asked W-D-B-J management to keep "news people"
OFF the property.
That was after we dropped by the store on Brambleton Avenue on opening day
We wanted to know more about the dispute with Joe Abbott over ownership of
The store has been closed for nearly six months while Roy Bane wrestled with
Abbott in and out of court.
Abbott claims Bane stole the business from him.
Bane says Abbott agreed to buy it, but the deal went sour and ended in a
six-figure judgment against Bane.
Bane says he hadn't realized Abbott was "the John Gotti of Roanoke."
Now that Abbott is locked up, pending trial on racketeering charges, the
store is back in Bane's hands and open for business.
A group trying to help develop our region's economic future is pioneering a
new concept aimed at creating more sites for industrial development.
The New Century Council has convinced the Commonwealth to allow communities
in the area to jointly develop business parks and share the tax revenue
generated from them.
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((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: WE'RE ABLE TO ALLOW CITIES THAT DON'T
HAVE ANY LAND TO INVEST IN A LONG TERM FUTURE, AND THE RURAL AREAS THAT DON'T
HAVE MONEY TO UTILIZE URBAN MONEY TO BEGIN THE PARTNERSHIP.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
OUT Q=the partnership.
The first piece of land the New Century Council is targeting is a two-
thousand acre site in Pulaski County next to the New River Valley Airport.
A Virginia Tech alumnus, the school's first Nobel prize winner, says physics
was never really one of his favorite interests.
He ended up majoring in it though, and now teaches the subject at Cornell
Robert Richardson is visiting his alma mater in Blacksburg this week.
He's come a long way from the self- described average student with a normal
((ROBERT RICHARDSON/NOBEL PRIZE WINNER: I MEAN I HAD CHEMISTRY SETS AND I
ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE LITTLE THINGS THAT WOULD SMELL BAD OR BLOW UP OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SPECIAL INTEREST IN PHYSICS. I WAS ALWAYS
INTERESTED IN MATHEMATICS. I LIKED ASTRONOMY WHEN I WAS LITTLE. ))
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In December Richardson and two colleagues were awarded a Nobel prize for
their discovery 25 years ago of a superfluid form of helium-3.
Richardson is lecturing on the topic tonight at Tech.
On Wall Street the blue chip issues took off today for their best session of
the year thus far.
The Dow surged 135 points, closing at 65 hundred 87.
NASDAQ dropped three points.
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The man who led Virginia's Explore Park for the last five years has a new
But the organization he left behind is still dealing with his departure.
On March first, Rupert Cutler traded his position at Explore for a new role
organizing the Western Virginia Land Trust.
The new group is working with private landowners to draft voluntary
conservation easements that will protect valuable viewsheds and open space from
IN Q=The purpose of the
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: THE PURPOSE OF THE WESTERN VIRGINIA
LAND TRUST IS TO SAVE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE TREASURE SO DEARLY IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY AND WESTERN VIRGINIA, RANGING FROM THE UNDEVELOPED RIDGE LINES
AND MOUNTAINSIDES TO ROANOKE RIVER, PLACES FOR GREENWAYS AND HISTORIC SITES WE
TREASURE SO MUCH.))
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The search for Cutler's successor at Explore stalled after a committee
narrowed the field to five candidates.
Roanoke County executive Gardner Smith is filling in as director until a
replacement is found.
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((JACK LOEB/VA. RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AUTH.: WE'RE NOT GOING TO RUSH INTO A
DECISION. THE INTERIM DIRECTOR IS HERE FOR AN INDEFINITE AMOUNT OF TIME AND WE
WILL CONTINUE ACTIVELY SEARCHING AND WHEN WE FIND THE RIGHT INDIVIDUAL AND
WE'RE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL, THAT'S WHEN WE'LL MAKE AN
SUPER=01-Jack Loeb/Va. Recreational Facilities Auth.;
OUT Q=make an announcement.
Explore is calling in an executive search firm to come up a new list of
candidates to lead the living history park.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Lady Hokies have new head basketball
coach, we'll check out some afternoon college softball, plus Geoff Bodine gets
fined by NASCAR.
And tonight marks the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the big
More one that right after this quick break.
Virginia Tech introduced Bonnie Henrickson as the new head women's basketball
The former Hokies assistant starts with a four year contract, a vote of
confidence and our own Steve Mason.
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OUT Q=...TO MIKE IN THE STUDIO."
Also, on campus this afternoon, Virginia Tech welcomed Radford University to
town for a little softball, in the two school's only meeting this spring.
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The Lady Hokies came into the doubleheader with a 18-and-23 record.
We pick it up in the third with tech down 5-to-nothing, but on the move.
This three run homer by MIchelle Meadows over the left field fence makes it a
But the Lady Highlanders would match that outburst and then some in the
fourth, as they unload for 6 runs. Chasity Chronick rips the double to left
and plating one of those.
Then Laurie Riley singles up the middle scoring two runs and the Lady
Highlanders win game one of the doubleheader 13-to-9.
Radford leads games two
2 to nothing in the 6th.
Fifty years ago today a man named Jackie Robinson changed baseball forever
when he was inserted into the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup, thus becoming the first
black man play in the major leagues.
Teams and players are honoring Robinson in a number of ways throughout the
current season, but tonight President Clinton will get into the act in a
special ceremony at Shea stadium.
Tonight's game between the Dodgers and Mets will stopped in the fifth
innings, at which time the President will make a brief statement.
In one side note, Mr. Clinton invited Tiger Woods to join him tonight, but
Tigers declined the invitation.
The Winston Cup warriors roll into Martinsville this week, and today Geoff
Bodine got slapped down with a big fine for running his mouth and using his car
as a battering ram.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/Sunday - ESPN; :00
Bodine, in the QVC Ford spent most of Sunday's Cup race in Bristol swapping
paint with Jimmy Spencer in the Smokin Joe's machine.
NASCAR fined Bodine $10 thousand bucks for his on-track actions and his off
track comments that included a good bit of profanity.
As of now Spencer has not been fined.
The New Orleans Saints still hope to land Heath Shuler, but right now there's
no indication when he will finally become the Saints property.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/Training Camp; :00
The Redskin quarterback's time as a restricted free agent expired yesterday,
keeping him the property of the Redskins.
But as we all know the Skins do not want Shuler.
The two teams can't agree on what Heath is worth.
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And finally tonight, hall of fame basketball basketball great Oscar Robertson
was released from the hospital this afternoon.
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The Big "O" has spent the past five days recuperating in a Cincinnati
hospital after donating one of his kidneys to his 32 year old daughter Tia
Robertson who is 58 broke down with tears of joy this afternoon as he
announced that his daughter is going fine and will likely come home later this
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