Here's what's straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE tonight--
It's been a staple of the economy-- but now Thomassville is closing shop--
putting hundreds out of work, how will that effect Campbell County?
Plus-- A multi BILLION dollar settlement could be on the horizon between
several states and two tobacco giants.
Well it turned out nice enough today, but the mild weather is on the way out.
On Health Check-- spring cleaning should include getting dangerous products
out of your house.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says many items that have been
recalled, are still in the wrong hands.
Stay with us, News 7 at FIVE is up next.
IN Q=Their absence is
((THEIR ABSENCE IS REALLY GOING TO LEAVE A DEEP HOLE IN THE COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=in the community.
One of Brookneal's biggest employers is leaving town, taking with it 320
jobs and a big chunk of the local economy.
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Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
As News-7 first reported yesterday, Thomasville Furniture--a victim of a
decline in the furniture market is closing its Brookneal plant.
The Brookneal factory has been in operation since 1977, and currently
employs about 320 people.
All that will change by the end of June, when the plant will shut its doors
Plant manager Tim Ramsdell made the announcement yesterday.
IN Q=There's a lot
((TIM RAMSDELL/PLANT MANAGER: THERE'S A LOT OF EMOTIONS IN THE PLANT. EVERYBODY
SEEMS TO BE VERY UPBEAT, I'VE RECEIVED A LOT OF SUPPORT PERSONALLY MYSELF.))
SUPER=01-Tim Ramsdell/Plant Manager; :00
OUT Q=personally myself.
Thomasville is one of Brookneal's largest employers, and its departure will
have a ripple effect on the local economy.
IN Q=All of the
((MIKE DAVIDSON/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED AT
THOMASVILLE SUPPORTED THE LOCAL ECONOMY, BOUGHT THINGS FROM THE STORES HERE AND
IF THEY HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT, THEY PROBABLY WILL BECOME
CREATURES OF HABIT AND BUY THINGS IN OTHER AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Davidson/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=in other areas.
Thomasville says it will provide job search counseling and extended medical
benefits for its displaced workers.
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Tobacco companies and six states that are suing them are reportedly
talking about a deal.
double boxes Connie/Eric
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with the latest, Eric, how much is the
reported deal worth?
Connie, the Wall Street JournalSUPER=@Eric1;
says the settlement on the table could be worth as much as 300 BILLION
Attorneys General from Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Mississippi and Washington met today with representatives from
Philip Morris and R-J-R Nabisco.
The states are suing the tobacco companies in an attempt to recover the
money they've spent on smoking related health problems.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles says it was HIS state's suit that drove
tobacco companies to the table.
IN Q=I think it's
((GOV. LAWTON CHILES/(D) FLORIDA; I THINK IT'S THE FACT THAT THE FLORIDA
LAWSUIT IS DOCKETED, IT'S SET FOR TRIAL ON AUGUST THE FIFTH, THAT THE JUDGE HAS
ALLOWED A COUNT OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES, HE'S ALLOWED THE COUNT FOR RACKETEERING
UNDER RICO, THAT THE DOCUMENTS ARE GOING TO COME IN.))
SUPER=01-Gov. Lawton Chiles/(D) Florida;
OUT Q=going to come in
If they do come to an agreement, the money would be spread out over 25
double boxes Connie/Eric
The deal could also involve other things, such as a limitation on
advertising or a ban on outdoor advertising, and greater F-D-A control over
cigarette sales... Connie?
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Virginia's annual rite of spring for politicians and political junkies is
underway in Southeast Virginia today.
The Shad Planking in Wakefield is the only place this year where ten
candidates for state wide office will jockey for handshakes and photo ops.
double boxes Connie/Ellen
Ellen Qualls is there. What's the scene like this year?
(ellen ad lib)
(roll cue: "... crowded fields.")
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IN Q=THE FEEL GOOD
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Candidate for Attorney General;
OUT Q=tastes better
(ellen ad lib)
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Altavista authorities say two teens killed by a train last night may have
been dodging ANOTHER train when they were hit.
The accident happened just before six on these tracks about a half mile from
17- year- old Richard Lancaster of Campbell County and 18- year- old Kevin
Childress of Pittsylvania County died instantly after being struck by a
southbound Norfolk Southern train.
Police say the teens had just crossed the tracks in front of a NORTHbound
train and may not have heard the other train coming.
Apparently, many people use the tracks as a shortcut to downtown.
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Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu could be indicted in a trading
scandal....details next on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
Plus.. air travel in Roanoke has really taken off, thanks to a decade of
developments by the airport commission.
On Health Check-- Why marinating chicken before you cook it may make it
healthier, and decrease your risk of cancer.
It's all coming up, along with the Two Minute Ticker....right after this
Israel is dealing with its own government scandal.
Israeli police want to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breach
of trust and fraud in an influence trading scandal.
Police have wrapped up a 12 week investigation.
The probe focuses on the appointment of a political crony as attorney
general-- to win favorable treatment for a political ally who faced trial on
In return, the leader of the religious Shas Party, was to ensure crucial
support for Israeli troop pullback from most of the West Bank town of Hebron.
Today Netanyahu met with U-S envoy Dennis Ross about the peace process.
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The investigation into the explosion aboard T-W-A Flight 800
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is taking a financial toll.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it expects to spend nearly 27
million dollars on the probe, making it the most costly in U-S history.
The 7-4-7 crashed last July killing all 230 people on board.
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Closer to home-- the board that has provided a number of solutions to this
area's air travel needs is celebrating a big anniversary.
The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission took off 10 years ago today.
Since then, the airport has a new passenger terminal, a new cargo ramp under
construction, and the airport generates more than a quarter- BILLION- dollars
annually to the local economy.
IN Q=And I think
((BOB JOHNSON/AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: AND I THINK IT MAKES A STATEMENT.
THAT THIS IS A QUALITY PLACE TO LIVE TO DO BUSINESS. AND THIS PHYSICAL
FACILITY MAKES AN IMPRESSION IN MY OPINION.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Airport Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=my opinion.
Up until 1987, the city of Roanoke ran the airport's day to day operations.
Now the city, Roanoke County and other local leaders all have a hand in the
Best of all, the commission has not run into any financial turbulence.
It has a five- million- dollar budget that operates at no cost to the
taxpayers, and the commission has never had a deficit.
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Artists are being recognized for their achievements in Martinsville...and
that's where roving reporter Patrick Evans is hanging out...stick around.
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Art students at Patrick Henry Community College are being rewarded for
their hard work and dedication.
Patrick Evans journeyed to Martinsville for this year's Art Show.
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SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Ginger Knight/Student Artist; :23
SUPER=01-Gerry Bannan/Art Professor; 1:00
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You often hear about product recalls--
While the government gets good response from retailers-- it's more
difficult to get dangerous items out of consumers' homes.
We'll hear from a Vinton couple-- who lost their nine-year-old son when he
was strangled on a dangerous mini-hammock.
IN Q=The problem
((THE PROBLEM WITH THE HAMMOCK NOW IS THE FACT THAT THESE HAMMOCKS ARE IN
PEOPLES HOUSES AND THEY ARE AT GARAGE SALES AND THEY ARE AT SECOND HAND STORES.
OUT Q=second hand stores.
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I'm Keith Humphry-- tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX....
Defense Secretary William Cohen says the country must make some tough
choices if defense cuts continue.
Today at Virginia Military Institute, he said the armed forces are already
doing more with less.
IN Q=But we might be forced
((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: BUT WE MIGHT BE FORCED TO SAY WE HAVE TO
DO LESS WITH LESS AND ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILLING TO ACCEPT THAT PARTICULAR
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=accept that particular risk.
Join me for the story along with more newsdouble boxes Connie/Keith
in about 45 minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX...but first let's hear more from Connie...
Thanks Keith-- we'll be watching....
Topping tonight's Health Check Report--
They're out there-- dangerous products that can injure or kill.
Defective items, still in homes all across the country, despite the fact
that they've been recalled.
Consider these examples, and it's no wonder the Consumer Product Safety
Commission is launching it's first ever recall roundup.
IN Q=Nat sound
SUPER=01-Ann Brown/Consumer Product Safety Commission; :19
SUPER=01-Tom Jarvis III/Victim's Father; 1:16
OUT Q=could strangle.
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((I'M BOUNCING, I'M BOUNCING ))
OUT Q=I'm bouncing, NAT SOUND
It may look like harmless child's play-- but these bean bag chairs can be
IN Q=The kids
((THE KIDS UNZIP THEM AND THEY RE FULL OF THESE LITTLE PELLETS.
i want to get some out of the back.
ANN BROWN/CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION: AND THE KIDS WOULD INHALE THE
PELLETS AND FIVE CHILDREN SUFFOCATED AND DIED BY INHALING THE PELLETS IN THOSE
BEAN BAG CHAIRS. ))
OUT Q=bean bag chairs.
12 million bean bag chairs were recalled-- but they didn't get them all
back...so, that means, consumers still have them, as retailers are usually
quick to get these products off the shelves.
Another potential killer-- that's still out there.
Light-weight mini hammocks-- hammocks without spreader bars to keep them
As these government sketches show, when a child gets into or out of this
hammock, it can twist around the neck.
12 children have died using these things.
IN Q=Had no idea
((HAD NO IDEA THAT ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. ))
OUT Q=could happen.
Right here in our region, it did.
Betty and Tom Jarvis of Vinton never thought a hammock could take their
Tim Jarvis was nine years old.
IN Q=Apparently Tim was
(( TOM JARVIS III/VICTIM S FATHER: APPARENTLY, TIM WAS PLAYING WITH THE
HAMMOCK, WE HAD IT PUT UP UNDER OUR DECK IN THE BACK BETWEEN TWO POSTS. AND
WHILE HE WAS PLAYING WITH IT, GOT TANGLED UP AND IT STRANGLED HIM.
ANN BROWN: AND WE VE RECALLED 3 MILLION MINI HAMMOCKS, BUT WE HAVEN T GOT ALL
OF THEM. THAT MEANS THAT SOMEBODY MAY TAKE A MINI HAMMOCK CAMPING OR MAY HAVE
ONE HANGING OUT IN THEIR YARD AND JUST NOT HEARD ABOUT THIS.))
OUT Q=heard about this.
That's not all.
These dangerous wooden bunk beds may also be in the wrong homes-- these
OLDER beds have an opening on the top, that's large enough for a child's body
to pass through, but small enough to trap the head.
With new beds, the space between the rails has to be much smaller.
Inspectors are also hitting the streets, looking for dangerous cribs.
If the siderails are more than two and 3-eighth inches apart, a child can
slip through and strangle.
It happens to more than 50 babies every year.
This crib, acceptable when it was made, no longer meets federal safety
standards because of high corner posts.
IN Q=The reason is
((THE REASON IS A CHILD COULD GET THEIR CLOTHES HOOKED ON HERE AND THEY COULD
OUT Q=could strangle.
If you want to find out more about these and other recalls:
Call the Safety Commission's hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC, then hit extention
Or, if you're on the internet, it's on the World Wide Web at CPSC-dot-gov,
then click on "recalls"
For a copy of the Baby Safety Check list, send a postcard to CPSC ,
Washington, D.C. 20207.
Chicken is considered to be a healthy alternative to eating red meat.
But there is evidence that cooked chicken might contain some cancer-causing
compounds known as hetero-cycli-means-- which may make it not quite as healthy
as some think.
But a new study shows that simply marinating chicken before grilling can
reduce the amount of those cancer- causing compounds by as much as 99-percent.
That's according to research from the National Cancer Institute.
And apparently it really doesn't matter how long you marinate the chicken.
Time now to give Mike Stevens two minutes.
I hear this was a big day, Swinging for CASH...out on the links, all in the
name of charity.
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Welcome folks to another glorious day in the valley around most of the
Let's get started on the basepaths in Atlanta where the Braves once again
feasted on the sorry pitching of the Cincinnati Reds.
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Reds skipper Ray Knight was checking things out early in the fifth, and he
didn't like what he saw.
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser, who has been on fire this season
lifts a solo homer to left field to give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton then comes up on the other side of the plate
and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
SUPER=03-New York/Dodgers vs. Mets;
At Shea stadium this afternoon, the Dodgers beat the Mets 5-to-1.
Thanks to some great pitching and some great defense as Brett Butler make the
grab in right center on this play.
Butler also had a career high 5 hits.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Rockies vs. Cubs;
And the problems continue in Chicago. This afternoon the Cubs dropped their
12th straight game losing to the Colorado Rockies 4-to-nothing.
The Cubs are now 0-and-12.
On a day like this I'm sure a number of people checked out of work early to
hit the golf courses this afternoon.
But out at Countryside nearly 200 golfers had a legitimate excuse today for
playing a round.
The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf
tournament for the March of Dimes today.
The one day event raises thousands of dollars for the charity.
IN Q="This year...
((MIKE WALKER/CAVE SPRING KROGER MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Walker/Cave Spring Kroger Manager; :00
OUT Q=...THIS YEAR."
Besides raising cash through tournament entry fees, the event also gives
golfers an opportunity to win a number of gifts through a raffle, and of course
no one goes hungry.
Kroger employees arrive before dawn to cook homemade bar-b-que for the
IN Q="It's all for..
((JIM HENINGER/KROGER MEAT MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Jim Heninger/Kroger Meat Manager; :00
OUT Q=...in that way."
Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll head down to Ferrum College and
check in with Abe Naff's Panther baseball team, that is having another
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Connie will be back with more News 7 at Five right after this.
Take care everybody.
take a break
Drivers participating in an advanced course in New Zealand were given a
lesson in what not to do on the streets by an expert.
Klaus Heimerl, a specialist driving instructor from Germany, put the BMW
through its paces, showing how to do sudden stops and spins.
After saying the trick was easy, he crashed the car.
Klaus, a former German police officer, walked away from the accident--
saying the road was too DRY for the maneuver.
Fortunately his bosses are likely to be sympathetic about the crash.
He's the chauffeur for the BMW chairman.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Join me for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
have a nice evening, Goodnight